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    • County: the Vale of Glamorgan
    • Object type: FINGER RING

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Record ID: NMGW-19DF6E
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Post Medieval silver fede or fidelity ring, very worn on outside but probably once gilt. The broad hoop has a plain outer surface, and a flattened D cross-section. The inner face of the hoop is inscribed with the text: I ˣ LIKE ˣ MY ˣ CHOYSE, in Roman capitals. Internal hoop diameter 19.7 mm; external hoop diameter 22.3mm; band width 6 mm; band T. 1mm; weight 4.25g. The ring has not undergone any cleaning or conservation.
Created on: Wednesday 2nd August 2017
Last updated: Monday 14th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-6719BC
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Gold posy ring of flattened D cross-section, and slightly mishapen. The inner face of the hoop is inscribed with the text Fear God love me in italic script, preceded with a small rectangular hall mark with the initials AP. The ascenders on the d of the text turn to the left, ending in a small loop. The ascenders on the 'l' turn to right, ending in a small loop. These features can be seen in early eighteenth-century writing guides, such as George Shelley's Penna Volans, after ye English, French & Dutch Way, of c. 1710, and examples of business writing of about 1711 (Whalley 1980, 252-3…
Created on: Thursday 6th October 2016
Last updated: Monday 10th October 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-3D934E
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The reported object is a fragment of silver gilt 'fede' or devotional ring with a bezel in the form of a sacred heart, crowned by crossed fleur-de-lys, forming flanking heart-shapes. In other rings of this type, clasped hands may decorate the base of hoop. Maximum height 10mm; maximum width 13mm; weight 1.1g. In terms of design and style of the iconography, the ring is of fifteenth- or early sixteenth-century date. A very similar bezel design with heart sprouting two flowers occurs on a silver gilt finger ring from Firle, East Sussex, dated to the late fifteenth or early sixteenth …
Created on: Thursday 22nd September 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 30th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-3D4027
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Silver-gilt decorative ring with repeating pattern of alternating half-flowers filling triangular panels, separated by a deep zig-zag moulding. The inside of the hoop is plain. Internal hoop diameter 19.5mm; external hoop diameter 23.7mm; band width 6.5mm; band thickness 1.8-2.3mm; weight 6.3g. The ring has not undergone any cleaning or conservation The form of the ring is similar to that of some late fifteenth-century gold decorative rings. A similar flower motif occurs on a late medieval silver gilt decorative ring in the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A 6769-1860; Oman 1930, no. 269…
Created on: Thursday 22nd September 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 30th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-3D1996
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Silver finger ring in the form of a decorated band, tapering away from bezel. The decoration, which extends all along the external face, has been first engraved and then inlaid with niello (now only partially preserved, but represented by dark material in parts of the engraved design). Three quadrangular panels of ornament with single line borders, are each separated by fields of multiple engraved lines (wrigglework); similar narrow fields at each end are differ in having open outer borders (i.e. not closed by an engraved line). Maximum band width 9mm; minimum band width 4.4mm; max…
Created on: Thursday 22nd September 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 30th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-3C726B
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Decorative gold posy-ring (incomplete). The hoop fragment is of flattened D cross-section. The outer surface is cast with a repeating pattern of circular and diamond-shaped cells, the former having small raised quatrefoils, the latter raised single dots. Raised dots fill the field between the cells and the plain borders. The areas between the raised decoration are inlaid with white enamel, most of which is now missing, with intervening raised gold spots and cells. The inner face of the hoop is inscribed with the text: FANCI , in Roman capitals. Hoop distorted and diameter unobtainable;…
Created on: Thursday 22nd September 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 15th May 2019
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Record ID: NMGW-2B30C7
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The reported object is a silver signet ring, now incomplete (part of hoop missing). It has a flat, circular bezel for the matrix, which has the form of a round-petalled quatrefoil within pellets in the inter-leaf spaces, within a single circular rope border. The shoulders are demarcated by simple transverse grooves, and the upper part of the hoop is decorated with triple vertical ridges and a random and unevenly punched pattern of open circles, presumably intended to represent pellets/pearls. A transverse groove and two hatched dashes below this indicate a change in the lower hoop dec…
Created on: Wednesday 23rd September 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 30th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-2B0CE9
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The reported object is a fragment of silver gilt 'fede' or devotional ring with a bezel in the form of an angel holding a sacred heart, the angel's right wing being represented by ridges for feathers. The hoop at this pint has the form of a flat band. Height 12.5mm; overall width 8.7mm; thickness 3.2mm; hoop width 5.2mm; hoop thickness 2mm; weight 1.35g. The ring, which has broken into two sections, has not undergone any cleaning or conservation. In terms of design and style of the iconography, the ring is probably of fifteenth- or early sixteenth-century date. A similar bezel from N…
Created on: Wednesday 23rd September 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 2nd April 2019
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Record ID: NMGW-4AB918
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Decorative gold posy-ring. The hoop is of flattened-D cross-section, and the outer surface is cast with a repeating floral pattern quatrefoils and other flowers. The inner face of the hoop is inscribed with the text: Such is my love, in italic script. Internal hoop diameter 15.7 mm; maximum band width 4mm; maximum band thickness 1mm; weight 2.79g. The ring has not undergone any cleaning or conservation. Metal Content To judge from its colour and weight and visual comparison with other gold rings and brooches in the collections of the Department of History & Archaeology, the alloy is w…
Created on: Friday 7th August 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 11th August 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-74016A
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Post medieval copper alloy finger-ring, probably of 16th or 17th century date The finger-ring is complete but distorted, now oval (24.1mm x 16.2mm and with a weight of 2.3g). The band is flat-sectioned with a consistent width (of 5.1mm and a thickness of 1.1mm). The deeply-stamped geometric decoration is divided into seven repeating panels but of uncertain interpretation. In the interior of the hoop is undecorated. The surface has been stripped with a dark-brown corrosion and traces of gilding surviving the recessed decoration.
Created on: Wednesday 4th March 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 4th March 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-F3A039
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: ROMAN
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Roman copper alloy finger-ring of 3rd century AD date and of Henig's (1978) Type VIII The finger-ring is near-complete with some peripheral damage (with a height of 20.6mm and a weight of 4.1g). The interior of the hoop is oval (with internal dimensions of 8mm wide by 6.5mm high). The hoop is worn and corroded but appears to have been of D-shaped section at the base (with a width of 4.3mmand a thickness of 2.2mm), with straight, parallel sides. The hoop becomes sub-triangular sectioned as it approaches the shoulders. The hoop has a subtle but evident keeled form (giving a maximum wid…
Created on: Thursday 26th February 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 15th May 2019
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Record ID: NMGW-33A563
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: ROMAN
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Roman copper alloy finger-ring of 3rd century AD date The finger-ring is near-complete, missing the setting but with a distorted hoop (with a distorted length of 18.9mm and a weight of 9.2g). The hoop is of rectangular section and narrowest at the underside (with a minimum width and thickness of 4.2mm and 1.0mm respectively). The hoop widens at the shoulders which have pyramidal mouldings to define a keeled form (giving the ring a width of 27.9mm). The bezel has a raised oval (4.9mm deep) surrounded by a flat border (0.5mm thick and giving the ring a width at the bezel of 17.7mm). …
Created on: Monday 24th November 2014
Last updated: Monday 24th November 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-10CD28
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Late medieval copper alloy finger-ring of 15th to early 16th century date The finger-ring is of seal type and is near-complete but is heavily-corroded and the band is distorted and broken (with a surviving length of 22.1mm, a width of 26.5mm, an internal diameter of 22.2mm and a weight of 5.1g). The hoop is of D-shaped section and is narrowest at the base (at 3.5mm wide and 1.8mm thick) gradually widening to the shoulders and bezel (with a width of 11.0mm and a thickness of 2.3mm). The shoulders are decorated with a double ribbed moulding, diverging towards the bezel. The bezel is …
Created on: Friday 17th October 2014
Last updated: Friday 17th October 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-FCFF57
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: ROMAN
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy finger-ring fragment, probably of Roman date The finger-ring is fragmentary, represented by a little les than half of the bezel and a shoulder fragment only (with a surviving width of 13.4mm, a surviving length of 8.6mm and a weight of 1.1g). The hoop was of oval section and is expanding at the shoulders (with a minimum width and thickness of 3mm and 1mm respectively). The bezel was oval (8.6mm long, 2.0mm wide and 1.3mm thick) and would have had a recessed oval cell containing a glass paste, enamel or stone setting, no trace of which now survives. The underside of the…
Created on: Thursday 16th October 2014
Last updated: Thursday 16th October 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-4F3F08
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Decorative finger ring. The slightly misshapen hoop is of flattened D cross-section with raised external edges, and has an internal diameter of 17.5 x 20mm. The outer surface is decorated with four plain narrow diagonal bands separated by lines of beading. The band width is 6mm; weight 3.78g. The ring, which has unevenly worn inner and outer surfaces, has not undergone any cleaning or conservation. The decorative style and form of the ring indicate that it dates to the period. 1500-50. Similar examples with zig-zag rather than parallel diagonal banding have been found at Buckingham…
Created on: Friday 9th August 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 27th November 2013
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Record ID: NMGW-4F20A0
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
The finger-ring is a silver gilt decorative ring, complete. It has a rectangular bezel with a median ridge (creating two facets), which continues onto the shoulders of the hoop. The bezel is engraved with hatched dashes in a crude zig-zag pattern, either side of the ridge. The shoulder sections of the hoop have a slightly different arrangement, but essentially retain the same decorative motif. Internal diameter 19.9mm; band W. 3.7mm; band T. 0.8mm; bezel W. 5.7mm; weight 3.041g. In terms of size and design, the object is a fine example of a late medieval decorative ring of late fiftee…
Created on: Friday 9th August 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 22nd October 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-0B1F12
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Decorative finger ring. The hoop is of flattened D cross-section, and has an internal diameter of 19mm. The outer surface is decorated with plain narrow diagonal bands separated by lines of beading. The band width is 4.7mm; weight 4.6g. The ring, which has unevenly worn inner and outer surfaces, has not undergone any cleaning or conservation.
Created on: Friday 15th January 2010
Last updated: Tuesday 4th March 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-9F38B2
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Silver gilt ring in the form of a broad band with single beaded edges. The inner face is engraved with legend LEVE +TO +DYE ♣ in Roman capitals, with crosslets between words, and a trefoil at the end. The hoop, which has a fracture across it, has an internal diameter of 18.6mm. Weight 5.1g. Approx. metal content: silver, 98%; copper, 2%. The ring has a form and style of lettering typical of a 17th-century date. The inscription may be compared to mottoes such as 'Lets live & die in unity', 'Thee and i will louers die', 'thinke on me;' (Dalton 1912, nos 1234, 1300, 1302). The styl…
Created on: Friday 23rd January 2009
Last updated: Monday 14th May 2018
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Record ID: NMGW-9DEB70
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description of object: Gold finger-ring with a D-shaped cross-section. Externally undecorated, the flat inner face is engraved in Gothic textura (black-letter) script. The engraving appears inexpert (or corrected) in the centre, and so the reading is not clear. All interpretations agree on the first letter as i and the last two as lt. It seems most likely that it is in English and is to be read leelt, 'loyalty' (leelte is an attested Middle English spelling). It may be that the engraver perhaps intended to embellish the 'ee' with a truelove-knot, resulting in the untidiness in the…
Created on: Friday 23rd January 2009
Last updated: Friday 21st October 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-9DC905
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description Decorative gold ring with a projecting oval bezel of floriate form with 11 'petals', set with a small uncut (cabochon) almandine garnet. Each petal is engraved with a central dot. There is a small transverse ridge on each side of the bezel at the junction with the hoop, decorated with transverse engraved lines. The shoulders are engraved with short lines in a diaper pattern creating lozenges with central dots. The raised bezel measures 7mm x 5.6mm. The hoop is slightly misshapen, now measuring internally 14.6 x 23.7mm. It has a flattened D cross-section, and tapers slight…
Created on: Friday 23rd January 2009
Last updated: Thursday 14th July 2011
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