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Record ID: NMGW3235
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Copper alloy finger-ring. The finger-ring is decorated with three projecting knobs, which are surrounded by a series of notches on the hoop. The projecting knobs are cast in one with the hoop and the notched grooves are probably also cast features. External diameter 20mm, internal diameter 16mm, weight 3 grams. Its general form is unlike the known rings of the prehistoric, Roman and early medieval period and the basis of this negative evidence it is probably medieval or early post-medieval in date. The decoration is similar to that used on a type of finger-ring known as a decade ring …
Created on: Tuesday 26th June 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW3393
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Plain ring which is cast from a copper alloy and has a near plano-convex section with its inner edge being flat while its outside consists of a raised central cordon with a distinct medial ridge and short flanged edges. The flanged edges of the ring are badly damaged but show no sign of preferential wear which could be expected of the ring was an item of harness. It is large for a finger ring, having an internal diameter of 21.5mm and an external diameter of 28mm; however, the inside is worn smooth in a manner consistent with the wear on a finger ring which has been removed and replac…
Created on: Thursday 8th November 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-B59A54
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Heavily corroded cast lead alloy finger ring, probably of Late Medieval date, c. 15th or 16th century. The internal diameter of the ring is large, suggesting the ring may have been worn over a glove. The hoop appears to be of D-shaped section and expands towards the bezel. The shoulders have two raised moulded ribs, leading to a circular moulded bezel containing a design, appearing to depict a crowned letter ‘W’.
Created on: Wednesday 19th November 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-85DD22
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Carmarthenshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval gold finger ring probably of late 13th to 14th century date The finger ring is complete with a distorted, flattened hoop. The circumference of the hoop suggests the ring had a diameter of approximately 16mm. The hoop has a width of 1.5mm and a thickness of 0.8mm near the base and is of flat section. The shoulders are decorated with a punched lozenge motif containing a central punched pellet and separated by punched marks at both sides. The shoulders are of sub-triangular section with a width and thickness near the bezel of 2.7mm and 1.8mm respectively. The hoop joins the soli…
Created on: Monday 15th May 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-852353
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Devon
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy finger ring depicting two clasped hands on the bezel. Clasped hands are frequently found on the class of Medieval love-ring known as ‘fede’ rings. The shoulders of the ring have four horizontal side projections and one vertical projection suggesting a cuffed forearm. The hand is modelled by a series of grooves defining the fingers and a deeper side groove forming the thumb. Two cross-grooves on one of the shoulders define the underside of the wrist of one arm. The hoop is plain and has a D-shaped cross-section.
Created on: Thursday 12th June 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-9D9A68
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Decorative gold ring with a projecting facetted rectangular bezel, set with a small uncut (cabochon) purple stone, probably rose quartz. There is a small transverse ridge on each side of the bezel at the junction with the hoop, decorated with transverse engraved lines. The underside of the bezel has buckled. The bezel measures 10.04mm (H) x 8.7mm (W; 10mm including ledges). The hoop is slightly misshapen. 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 Archaeology & Numismatics, the i…
Created on: Friday 23rd January 2009
Last updated: Tuesday 14th June 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Rhoose', grid reference and parish protected.


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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
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Dinas Powys', grid reference and parish protected.


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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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Record ID: NMGW-A8C737
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The finger-ring is intact and of 'fede' type. The bezel comprises a heart, flanked on each side by a four-petalled flower, symbolising the heart sprouting flowers. Above the heart is a three-pronged crown containing four circular perforations. The flowers, hoop and top of the heart have been enhanced with short incised lines. The hoop comprises two integral interlace strands, joining at the rear with clasped hands, symbolising faith or trust. The clasped hands have cuffs, embellished with circular punched marks. Traces of gilding survive over much of the surface of the ring. The fi…
Created on: Tuesday 17th February 2009
Last updated: Thursday 9th June 2016
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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-F7CBA4
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The finger-ring is near-complete, missing only some of the inlay. The hoop has a comparatively small diameter and is of rectangular section, with straight sides, which gradually diverge from the base to the bezel. The base of the hoop is undecorated while the remainder is decorated with three panels. Each side of the hoop is decorated with a trapezoidal panel containing a cross with wide terminals (Patee Cross). The area around the cross is recessed with some surviving traces of inlaid niello. Above and below the trapezoidal panels are rows of punched marks, defining the ends of a con…
Created on: Friday 27th May 2011
Last updated: Tuesday 9th February 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-35459E
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Late medieval copper alloy seal finger-ring, probably of 15th to 16th century date The finger-ring is fragmentary and comprises the bezel and a small fragment of the hoop (with a surviving length of 5.4mm and a weight of 3.2g). The bezel is circular (with a diameter of 5.2mm and a thickness of 2.3mm). The bezel has a reversed letter 'R' at the centre, at the end of the R is a three-leaved device or Fleur-de-lys and a similar but smaller device near the base of the letter. Before the letter R (when reversed) is an upright with short diagonals on each side, probably another decorativ…
Created on: Wednesday 12th November 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 12th November 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-02EBA6
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
central device in the form of a merchant's mark (comprising an encircled cross above interlaced cross stems, between small quatrefoils), within a single rope/indented border. One shoulder is engraved with a tau cross, and a slight depression below may be the remains of a motif. The hoop is slightly distorted, and the shoulder with the tau cross has severe surface scratching. There is a slightly golden colour within border indents which may be gilding, but this is difficult to verify without cleaning. Internal diameter 22.4mm ; maximum bezel width 12.3mm x 14.8; minimum hoop width 7…
Created on: Monday 21st September 2015
Last updated: Monday 28th November 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-115DBC
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
The reported object is a silver gilt iconographic ring (weight 7.18g). It has a ridged bezel, each facet engraved with three words, each on a separate facet of the rectangular bezel: ihs (between simplified sprigs) ave maria (in Black Letter script) Each shoulder is engraved with sprigs, within twisted volutes, the ridge tops beaded. Externally the lower hoop has the form of a plain rope moulding. The maximum external diameter is 23.8mm; internal hoop diameter 20.02mm; maximum bezel length 11.7mm; bezel width 9.3mm; thickness 1.7mm; minimum band width 3.7mm; weight 7.18g. Ther…
Created on: Tuesday 22nd September 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 2nd August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-268725
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Wrexham
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Gold decorative ring with central spine of very fine raised pellets, between two raised plain borders. The inside of the hoop is plain. Internal hoop diameter 17.6mm; band width 3.8mm; band thickness 0.6mm; weight 1.76g. The ring has not undergone any cleaning or conservation. The form of the ring is similar to that of some fifteenth-century gold posy rings which have pelleted bands enclosing mottoes or poesies (such as a ring from Chinnor, Oxfordshire ref. no. 2010T660). A similar band style, with raised mid spine, occurs on a late medieval gold decorative ring found at Jordansto…
Created on: Wednesday 23rd September 2015
Last updated: Monday 5th December 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-C55D9F
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Ceredigion
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Silver gilt decorative ring with two transverse flutes on the bezel, each engraved with a repeating pattern of alternating flowers filling triangular panels. The bezel is separated from the hoop by a deep transverse mouldings of each side. Below these mouldings, the hoop has a median ridge on each side, each facet with engraved sprig-like decoration. The inside of the oval hoop is plain. Internal hoop diameter 19.3mm x 21.3mm; bezel width 8.7mm; band thickness at base 1.4mm; weight 5.16g. The ring has not undergone any cleaning or conservation.
Created on: Thursday 10th August 2017
Last updated: Thursday 24th August 2017
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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-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-2663CB
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Ceredigion
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The circular bezel is engraved with a capital letter W surrounded by three sprigs, within a single row pellet border. The bezel has a diameter of 12.3 x 13mm; the internal diameter of the hoop is 23.4mm; external hoop diameter 27,8mm; thickness of hoop 1.5mm; weight 16.29g. In terms of form and style, the signet ring is a well known early post-medieval type. It is very similar to a brass signet ring with 'W' ensigned by a coronet, probably found in Monmouthshire and of late medieval/early modern date (Williams 1993, no. D37). On the basis of letter form and hoop style, with charact…
Created on: Wednesday 21st September 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 30th August 2017
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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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