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    • Secondary identifier (obfuscated for security): PAS57B2F9BD001720

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Record ID: ESS-310E2D
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Medieval copper alloy seal matrix, dating AD1100-1450. The seal die is circular with a faceted handle and a loop at the top, which is now broken. There is a double collar separating the handle from the loop. The die depicts a bird, probably a bird of prey, on a gloved hand. This suggests a falconry scene. The inscription reads RECLAMAT LE MVSCHET - "Call back the sparrow-hawk." This is a clear reference to the falconry emblem. Therefore, the seal matrix may once have belonged to a falconer. No parallels for the inscription have been found, though many seal matrices wi…
Created on: Tuesday 16th August 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 24th August 2016
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Record ID: WILT-71BE67
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: West Berkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A copper alloy gilded detached bezel from a signet finger-ring, or possibly part of a composite seal matrix. It is thick, flat and octagonal. One face has bevelled edges which surround an engraved design; the engraving retains gilding. The motif is a deer crouching in profile, facing right on the object, with head turned left to look over the back. All four legs are bent. The deer has no antlers, but long ears; the short tail is bent. There are further decorative elements around the deer, and within a rope-like border of punchmarks; over the rump and between the ears are plant sprigs …
Created on: Wednesday 2nd March 2016
Last updated: Saturday 24th September 2016
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Record ID: DENO-508A9A
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A gold late-medieval iconographic finger ring dating to c.1400-c.1550. The ring was discovered with a smaller one (DENO-5082A6) inside it, held in place by the soil. The ring measures 20.5mm in diameter and 5.5mm thick. It weighs 2.52g. The larger ring is an iconographic finger ring, with a rectangular bezel, triangular shoulders and seven small rectangular panels forming the hoop. The outer surface of the panels, the shoulders and the bezel of the ring are angled so that overall the ring is in the shape of a decagon. The inner surface, however, is circular. Each panel is bevelled…
Created on: Tuesday 14th July 2015
Last updated: Monday 26th September 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'East Bridgford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LEIC-D2FC82
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval silver annular brooch with flat circular frame 12mm in diameter, 1mm thick and weighing 0.32g. There is a short pin constriction but the pin is missing. There is a split opposite the pin constriction but although there is now a gap here, there does not appear to be any actual metal missing. It is inscribed on one side in Lombardic capitals, starting at the right of the pin constriction and running anti-clockwise, starting with a heavily seriffed cross: + AMOR VINCI OMNI, a variant of AMOR VINCIT OMNIA (Love Conquers All). The reverse is undecorated. The lettering may sugge…
Created on: Wednesday 8th July 2015
Last updated: Friday 21st October 2016
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Record ID: SWYOR-61ADFC
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A Medieval gold and gem finger ring dating from the 15th century. It has a bezel in the shape of a figure-of-eight set longitudinally, each half moulded to look like a flower, with a rounded flat-topped gem in the centre of each half. Around the gems, filling the rest of the space on the bezel, are ridged crosses, made by recessing four quarter-circles around the gem in each half. One of the gems is pink or red and one is green. The shoulders have three ribbon-like bands which curve obliquely around the hoop. To either side the bands are recessed and apparently keyed for enamel, none …
Created on: Tuesday 21st April 2015
Last updated: Friday 21st October 2016
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Record ID: LON-8B523A
Object type: ANNULAR BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A medieval gold annular brooch dating to the 13th or 14th century. This brooch is circular in shape with two clasped hands projecting from the frame. There is a double band of chevron ridges at the junction between the projecting hands and the frame. The hands have an oval gap between them and there is a white coating, possibly an adhesive, between them. There is a constriction to accommodate the pin 90 degrees apart from the clasped hands; if the hands project at 6 o'clock, the constriction is at 3 o'clock. The gold pin is present and is decorated with a double band of ridges at t…
Created on: Tuesday 4th November 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 24th August 2016
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Record ID: DUR-E57A49
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A gold finger-ring of Medieval date (AD 1300-1500). The object is a flat-sectioned strip of gold made into an incomplete ring. One of the two ends of the gold strip does not appear to be broken, and both ends have a central rectangular projection. This may suggest that the projection from the right-hand side is missing a loop into which the left-hand side projection would have secured - but no parallel is known for this. There is an inscription in black-letter script consisting of three words running along the outer surface. It is difficult to read, but Dr Malcolm Jones has seen an…
Created on: Monday 27th October 2014
Last updated: Friday 21st October 2016
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Record ID: PAS-A36D2D
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A medieval finger-ring consisting of a wide, flat hoop with an applied beaded-wire border, the beading now rather worn. There is no bezel. Within the border is a double-line inscription in lower-case black-letter script; it is relatively clearly readable for this type of script. + AMOUR : VAINT : TOUT FORS CEUR . DE . VILLAIN + AMOUR: EN: VOIE : SOULLAS : E YOIE The S in 'soullas' is in the shape of a C, which is not uncommon in black-letter inscriptions. The inscription means 'Love conquers all except the heart of a villain. Love sends solace and joy'. The finger-ring is …
Created on: Friday 24th October 2014
Last updated: Monday 26th September 2016
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Record ID: CAM-950533
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description: A broken and incomplete silver medieval finger ring. The inside of the hoop is flat and undecorated. The outside of the hoop is bevelled to give a triangular cross-section, with two facets, each carrying a poorly engraved inscription. The lower half reads, in black-letter script: * ihesus nazaren... with a quatrefoil within a lozenge between the words. This is clearly the start of the inscription Ihesus Nazarenus or Jesus of Nazareth, with a small part of the ring missing. This half of the inscription is based on the outside of the ring, so it occupies the lower half. …
Created on: Friday 17th January 2014
Last updated: Friday 21st October 2016
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Record ID: LEIC-F01DF8
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval silver finger ring, 26mm in diameter, 4mm wide and 3mm thick, witha weight of 9.04g. The ring has a hoop which is D-shaped in cross-section, with a flat sub-rectangular bezel, 15mmm long and 12mm wide. This is engraved with a lower-case black-letter h in a sub-rectangular rope-effect border made up of small oblique lines; this border is broken at the top by a stylised crown with central lis flanked by two half-lis. Around this is an engraved inscription, again in lower-case black-letter script, within an octagonal border again of rope-effect. The use of black-letter script da…
Created on: Wednesday 4th December 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 24th August 2016
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Record ID: NARC-362544
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Copper alloy medieval seal matrix. It has a hexagonally faceted conical handle with ,at the apex, two grooves forming a double collar below a trefoil suspension loop with central circular perforation. Beneath the moulded collar the handle tapers inwards slightly, then abruptly outwards towards the oval base. The motif is very worn and obscured by some corrosion. However, it appears to be a stylised lion rampant with a long double-curved tail, facing right on the object. This is surrounded by the legend between grooved and dotted lines, reading * LIVN FORTE, which means 'strong lion…
Created on: Monday 25th November 2013
Last updated: Monday 26th September 2016
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Record ID: NMS-2F0775
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval gold finger ring. Flat-sectioned band inscribed externally in black letter: + tut * dys * en * ioye The cross may mark the start of the inscription, with an eight petalled flower or star separating the other words. There is no trace of enamel or niello surviving. External diameter 19mm. Internal diameter 18mm. Width of band 5mm. Weight 2.8g. For similar rings with engraved stars, flowers or sunbursts and black letter inscription see WAW-70FD41, DUR-FA3454, LANCUM-082840, and also ESS-FA2D57 which has a possibly similar internal inscription. Late 14th - 15th cen…
Created on: Friday 13th September 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 24th August 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Foxley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-CB06D5
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Incomplete medieval gilded copper-alloy signet ring with the broken remains of the flat-backed band, both shoulders with three concave longitudinal facets, the central one with traces of an illegible black letter inscription containing a fragment of white enamel, the outer facets with the remains of foliate sprigs. The lower part of the band has the remains of oblique grooves imitating cabling. Internal diameter 24mm. Octagonal bezel, 16 x 12mm. A unicorn to dexter lodged beneath a tree between two bands of black-letter inscription: be well wat. 15th century. Dr Malcolm Jones kindl…
Created on: Wednesday 22nd May 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 24th August 2016
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Record ID: SUR-98B541
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Surrey
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A medieval copper alloy annular brooch with a flat circular frame, and a round-section copper-alloy wire pin wrapped around a pin constriction on the frame. The brooch is inscribed with a series of widely spaced capital letters, and there is a rough encircling groove which forms a border around the outside of the brooch, cutting through the upper parts of the letters. There is also a transverse groove to either side of the pin constriction. The inscription appears intended as MARIA, but only the letter M and I are clear, and the final A seems to be missing.
Created on: Saturday 13th April 2013
Last updated: Friday 21st October 2016
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Record ID: NCL-807A73
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Gold ring, possibly dating from the fifteenth to sixteenth centuries, consisting of ten joined plaques or beads, five circular and five rectangular. The ring is flattened and distorted. The circular plaques are formed of raised domes with an eight-pointed star on a cross-hatched background within a circular border. The rectangular plaques are inscribed with a single letter in black-letter script, surrounded by a sunburst of triangles with a rectangular border. The letters are difficult to read, but perhaps are caret, meaning 'absent' in Latin. The e is damaged and particularly hard to…
Created on: Friday 12th April 2013
Last updated: Friday 21st October 2016
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Record ID: NCL-605110
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northumberland
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A gold finger ring of medieval date. The finger ring is complete, with a circular hoop that is D-shaped in cross-section. The convex outer surface is decorated with an inscription separated into three, separated by motifs of a transverse groove with three radiating leaves to either side. The inscription is in a black-letter (Gothic) script and reads ien du re (I endure). Compare WAW-F2CA07, which has the same inscription in the same groups of letters. The black-letter script suggests a date in the late 14th or 15th centuries.
Created on: Monday 10th December 2012
Last updated: Friday 21st October 2016
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Record ID: YORYM-4F2206
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A medieval gold finger-ring, each shoulder decorated with two raised quatrefoils, one of which is slightly damaged. The centre is perforated with a circular hole [on the image this looks more like an unperforated recess], which probably once held the bezel, now missing, into which a gem may have been set. The hoop is of D-shaped cross-section. On the back half of the hoop is an inscription in black-letter script, in French, which reads bien celer cet alouer (to hide [love] well is to accept [it]). One of the principal tenets of amour courtois (courtly love) was to keep the love sec…
Created on: Tuesday 27th November 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 24th August 2016
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Record ID: NMS-F53081
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval or post-medieval gold finger ring. Hollow, D-sectioned hoop expanding slightly from the rear through the shoulders to an oval bezel with setting for (missing) stone held by four claws, three of which partially survive. The sides and shoulders have an external black-letter inscription, reserved on a field keyed for enamel or niello, now missing. It reads en. bon on one shoulder and ectein on the other. There may be a line indicating a ligated e after the bon. The hoop is now slightly distorted, with several small holes, and damage to the edge of the setting. Height 21mm. Widt…
Created on: Tuesday 11th September 2012
Last updated: Friday 21st October 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Corpusty', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-9123D1
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description: A complete gold finger ring made of a flattened band engraved on the exterior with a French inscription in lower-case gothic or 'black-letter' script. The inscription begins with a small cross, and the words alternate with three very similar designs of a two-branched plant, one branch shorter and the other longer, each with thin leaves and ending in a feathery trefoil flower. The inscription reads en bon cuer (in good heart). There is also engraving on the interior of the hoop, made up of a single wheat stalk followed by what looks like two sets of initials separated b…
Created on: Thursday 26th April 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 24th August 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Southwold', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-59C186
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A medieval finger-ring formed of a slightly convex hoop decorated on the exterior surface with a series of rounded indentations, probably intended to represent tears. There is no bezel. The hoop is slightly bent and there is a large crack which has completely fractured the hoop. Inside the hoop is an inscription that reads, in black-letter script, of loyallt is ioye (of loyalty is joy). The crack runs between the last L and the T of loyallt. The ring is gold, and the use of black-letter dates it to the fifteenth century. Dimensions: length 15 mm, width 14 mm. Tears are known to …
Created on: Thursday 5th January 2012
Last updated: Monday 26th September 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Stockton', grid reference and parish protected.


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