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Record ID: NMGW-573091
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Monmouthshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Probable Bronze Age gold strip fragment. This is a semi-worked thickened strip fragment of gold of broadly rectangular shape. The strip has been worked and there are hammer facets visible on the flat surfaces and side margins. One edge has been hammered up and has a projecting margin on one face edge. The strip was broken at one end with a double-grip tool without sharp edges. As a result, there is widening, lateral distortion with thinning at one end, near the break. On one face, the break has created a near flat angled facet, while on the reverse there is a distinct concave curva…
Created on: Thursday 17th August 2017
Last updated: Thursday 17th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-9DABD6
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Post Medieval fob seal matrix, probably of mid to late 18th century date. The fob seal is sub-rectangular (12.0 x 9.6mm) and is 5.7mm thick, weighing 1.6g. The rear of the frame is domed with a central piercing to take the fob chain. The intaglio is secured in a gold frame with claw grips. The intaglio is made from black glass, or possibly a stone. At the centre is the carving of a bust of a male figure.
Created on: Monday 21st February 2005
Last updated: Thursday 7th March 2013
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Record ID: NMGW-9AC224
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Isle of Anglesey
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A small penannular ring of sheet gold construction, with simple terminals separated by a narrow gap. The sheet strip has been carefully folded over, to give an oval shaped cross-section, the internal edges around the interior diameter being separated by a gap of 1-1.5mm. The ring has been dinted, with a compression crimp in one place causing a small tear. This ring finds parallel with both penannular gold rings and 'hair-rings' of the Middle and Late Bronze Age (1400-800BC), which are now generally thought to be either hair or ear adornments. Rings of twisted bar or circula…
Created on: Friday 23rd January 2009
Last updated: Tuesday 12th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-093625
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A small and creased fragment of gold foil. The foil is folded over in half and has jagged tear edges on three sides.
Created on: Friday 15th January 2010
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-218BE3
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A plain penannular gold 'lock-ring' with biconical section and a now hollow interior, which has been crumpled and distorted in the ground. The small ring, originally around 30mm in diameter, comprises two circular sheet face-plates with a thin gold wire fused to the plate join, to form an outer rim-binding. A third tube-shaped sheet (once around 9.5mm in height) defines the wall of the inner circular-shaped opening and is folded over the margins of the face-plates. The terminals defining the slot are triangular shaped in cross-section and are open. Semi-quantitative surface analysi…
Created on: Friday 10th December 2010
Last updated: Wednesday 1st March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Newport', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMGW-928F55
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
This is a complete and small penannular ring (or 'hair-ring') decorated with gold foil and a silvery gold inlayed strip. It appears that the gold foil was wrapped around a copper core, and around this, in continuous spiral fashion a silvery gold strip was inlayed, to provide a striped colour effect. The stripes are wide, with four silvery gold inlayed stripes and five gold foil stripes evident around the ring. The terminals are flat-ended and not expanded, 1.3mm apart on the interior side and 2.7mm apart on the exterior side. Careful examination of the terminals shows the folded over …
Created on: Friday 18th July 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 5th December 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-924A9C
Object type: NECKLACE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Monmouthshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A slightly tapering gold tube with coiled wire decoration attached to it near the wider end and about two-thirds of the way down. The wider end is closed by a flat plate, secured from coming out by the ends of the tube being bent over. The plate now sits at an angle, with one side pushed slightly down the tube, but it would appear that it originally sat square to the end of the tube. Attached to the plate is a small loop, of fairly flat cross-section. The tube is bent slightly to one side towards its narrower end, the edges of which are folded in. It seems likely that it is broken at …
Created on: Friday 18th July 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 14th October 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-09E626
Object type: INGOT
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
This is a small ingot of gold, approximately circular and large 'button-sized' in plan view, but with slight circumference irregularities. The ingot has a convex under-surface, with marked surface irregularities. This indicates the gold was poured into a small dished mould 7.0-7.5mm deep, possibly clay, sand or stone, and solidifying to take on the reverse contours of the rough and cracked surface. The upper surface is flatter, though domes slightly at the edges, with slight upper surface concavities. In cross-section, the ingot is D-shaped. Dendritic structures in the metal, created …
Created on: Friday 15th January 2010
Last updated: Thursday 12th May 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-0BE038
Object type: HOARD
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Wrexham
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The finger-ring (Dr. M. Redknap): Decorative hollow gold ring. The hexagonal bezel contains a cabochon blue sapphire. Four claws around the bezel secure the stone. The outer surface of the hoop is decorated with an applied gold relief decoration in the form of a stem with stiff-leaf foliage to left and right. Bezel height 5.6mm; bezel width 6.9mm; minimum hoop width 2.8mm; minimum hoop thickness 1.5mm; internal diameter 18.2mm; external diameter 22.1mm. Weight 4.29g. The ring has not undergone any cleaning or conservation. Metal Content To judge from its colour and weight (4.29g.),…
Created on: Tuesday 4th August 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 4th August 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-04216C
Object type: HOARD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Isle of Anglesey
Workflow stage: Published Find published
​Late Bronze Age hoard of five objects. 1. Penannular ring (PRN 32821) Maximum external diameter (side to side) 19.5mm; maximum diameter of bar (top to bottom) 6.3-6.5mm; weight 18.75g. This is a complete and small penannular ring decorated with a silvery gold inlayed strip. The ring is of solid gold bar construction and was made of a straight, round sectioned bar, which was bent round into a penannular shape. Around the gold core, a silvery strip was inlaid in continuous spiral fashion to provide a striped colour effect, with seven stripes around each face. The silvery gold …
Created on: Tuesday 16th June 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
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Record ID: NMGW3137
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Monmouthshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Small gold, or gold alloy, ring of keeled form with notched shoulders, which form the upper part of the hoop, projecting at an angle to the bezel. The bezel contains a plain, sub-circular boss and, on one side only, a perforated sub-semicircular flange, which gives the bezel a decidedly asymmetrical appearance. The lower part of the hoop is plano-convex in section. The ring is distorted and worn, possibly as a result of cleaning. There are no discernible hallmarks or other features. External diameter 15-16mm, internal diameter 11-12.5mm, weight 2.8 grams. The ring is too small to be a …
Created on: Thursday 3rd May 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-B75644
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Post Medieval gold finger ring dated 1708. The finger ring is a mourning ring and contains significant traces of black enamel set around an intricate floral motif. The hoop is of a low D-shaped section. The interior of the band is inscribed with: DC 12 May 1708 The inscription is followed by a maker’s mark consisting of ‘IG’ over ‘S’ within a heart shaped punch; followed by ‘C’ within a punched circle.
Created on: Tuesday 24th February 2004
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-94B7A7
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Gold finger ring of Post-Medieval date. The hoop has a thin D-shaped cross-section, and is plain on the exterior. The interior carries an inscription, beginning on the hoop and continuing across the bezel. The inscription is in Lombadic lettering and reads: I PRESENT THE ABSENT The hoop widens slightly as it approaches the shoulders, which carry four raised knops forming a cross. The shoulders end in a raised line, defining a cuff before the bezel depicting two joined hands crowned by two ducks each side of a possible crown. Traces of white enamel survive on the ducks and the hands.
Created on: Monday 7th July 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-AB0F81
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Newport
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Gold finger ring with an inscription on the inside of the band reading: GOD ABOVE KEEP US IN LOVE The inscription is followed by a makers mark consisting of I G above an S , contained within a heart motif. There is another mark of a C within a circle. These marks have proved difficult to trace and therefore it has proved difficult to obtain an accurate production date for the finger ring. The ring is likely to date from the 17th or 18th centuries. The letterforms in the inscription are more likely to date to the 18th century (Redknap Pers. Comm.). The outside face of the …
Created on: Tuesday 8th July 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-CD58B7
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Monmouthshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Near complete gold mourning finger ring of Post-Medieval date. The ring is distorted but is otherwise in good condition. The hoop comprises of four S-shaped barbed scrolls carrying an inscription on the exterior. The first S-scroll is shorter than the others and simply carries the letter W. The next S-scroll has: HARRISON, followed by: OB2SEPT, and finally: 1761AE69. Indicating the finger ring was to commemorate W. Harrison, who died on the 2nd September 1761, aged 69. The ring would have been commissioned and worn by the deceased’s spouse or child. The S-scrolls are now plain, but…
Created on: Thursday 22nd May 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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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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