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Record ID: NMS-E14DE3
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A medieval finger-ring set with a sapphire. It has suffered considerable damage, the hoop now distended. The form is a decorated stirrup shape, with two four-petaled flowers forming the shoulders and two others symmetrically decorating the hoop. The damage to the ring has removed much of the inscription, which would have covered the external face of the hoop. The traces of some letters can be discerned. They read as follows: ......V... R(?)DEFIN The "N" is reversed. The original meaning of the inscription cannot be established.
Created on: Friday 4th January 2008
Last updated: Thursday 30th August 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Marsham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-35C242
Object type: WIRE
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A piece of gold wire made from four strands twisted. The wire was made from 4 smaller wires (diameter c. 2.4 mm) twisted together in a clockwise spiral giving an overall diameter for the twisted wire of 5 mm. The wire piece weighs 7.24g and is 20mm long (unstraightened). The fragment appears to have been cut from a larger piece of wire at one end, although the other end appears to be a break. Analysis shows these wires are made of over 80% gold.
Created on: Tuesday 8th January 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Gayton area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-2FF8A2
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Gold posy ring. ‘D’ shaped band inscribed on the internal face 'A vertuous wife preserveth life'. The two ‘v’s are written as ‘u’s and the letters ‘f’ and ‘s’ are elongated. There is a possible makers mark in the form of a very worn stamped ‘H’ between the beginning and end of the inscription. External diameter 21mm, internal diameter 17.5mm, width of band 4.5mm. Weighing 3.8g. Cf. Oman, 1974, pl. 58, H for a similar example. c. 1650 – 1700. Inscriptions declaring that a virtuous wife preserved or comforted life, or banished strife are frequently found on mar…
Created on: Tuesday 20th November 2007
Last updated: Thursday 21st January 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'West Norfolk', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-A61494
Object type: SCABBARD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Gold pyramid mount from sword, square base with flattened corners caused by triangular settings at the base of each corner with beaded wire on two sides, two of which contain garnets. Square setting for (missing) stone at apex. Hollow with two semicircular holes ( 7 x 3.5mm and 7.5 x 3.5mm) in base divided by a bar 2.5mm wide and c. 1.5mm thick. Constructed from two pieces of metal, one for the base and another for the sides. The join between the two edges of the sides can be seen on one face. Base 9.5 x 10mm, height 13mm, weight 5.08g. Early Saxon, late 6th - early 7th century
Created on: Wednesday 29th March 2006
Last updated: Monday 2nd December 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Swaffham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-C6DFC1
Object type: TORC
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Gold rotating dorsal muff from a torc. A composite ring constructed of six components comprising two broad semi-circular-sectioned concentric hollow ribs (or tubes) between three narrow twisted wires (probably square-sectioned) soldered to a sheet inner part. The twisted wires appear very worn. The surface of the inner sheet has concentric wear and scratches where the separate parts of the torc were twisted together. External diameter 24mm. Internal diameter19mm. Weight 10.94g. 84-87% gold, 10-12% silver and the remainder being copper
Created on: Friday 6th February 2009
Last updated: Thursday 12th May 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Norwich', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-4152E3
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Gold Medieval finger ring. Triangular sectioned band (point inwards, convex outer edge) becoming lozengiform at shoulders, triangular collet now empty, with engraved line around outer edge. For similar examples see Oman, 1993, plate XI, 255 and 256. Date: 13th century. Dimensions: Internal diameter 19mm, external diameter 22mm, bezel 6 x 5mm, height 5mm.
Created on: Thursday 12th February 2009
Last updated: Tuesday 2nd August 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Raveningham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-2C9E06
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
17th Century gold posy ring. Band consisting externally of ten circular bosses with corded borders. Between each boss on both sides of the band are smaller round knops. The flat internal surface is inscribed 'God gives in crease to Loue and peace'. The 's' of crease is very elongated and almost in the form of an f missing the cross bar. The tail of the letter 'p' extends backwards to underline the last two letters of 'and'. See Oman (1974, plate 58 c) for a very similar example with a different inscription. The style of the lettering is consistent for the 17th century. The British Mus…
Created on: Wednesday 11th February 2009
Last updated: Monday 2nd July 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Dereham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-411415
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Enamelled gold finger-ring in the form of a belt and buckle inscribed on the inner face TOVT + PAR + AMOVR + ("all through love") The slightly distorted hoop, i.e. the belt, is formed from two strips and is decorated with running vine scroll, except beyond the buckle where four pin holes are represented by double concentric rings separated by transverse lines. The buckle is shown as double-looped with pointed outside edges and large lobes at both ends of the bar. The belt, having passed through the buckle, is folded over and tucked under itself. The rounded end is decorated with a mot…
Created on: Thursday 12th February 2009
Last updated: Wednesday 6th July 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Edgefield', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-BE02A4
Object type: RIBBON
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Fragment of gold sheet strip, one straight end complete, the other missing. Throughout its length one long edge is folded over by 1 - 1.5mm. Eight longitudinal grooves cover the remainder of the object apart from a narrow strip along the other edge, which was probably once also folded over. Possibly Bronze Age.
Created on: Wednesday 18th February 2009
Last updated: Tuesday 5th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Swaffham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-768695
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Gold signet ring with a D-sectioned hoop, the shoulders decorated with engraved foliar motifs and an oval bezel with an owl displayed a crescent moon in dexter base, within a pelleted border. 15th - early 16th century. Bezel 18 x 13.5mm. Minimum width of hoop 3.5mm. Internal diameter 19.5 - 22mm. Weight 15.06g.
Created on: Tuesday 16th June 2009
Last updated: Wednesday 13th July 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Swannington', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-EA1E81
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Gold finger ring, stirrup shaped, with a slight oval depression on the bezel not large enough to hold a stone. Flat sectioned band inscribed externally +DEV:MEDOINST : IOIE : DEMAMOR: (God gives me the joy of love). The band is now slightly distorted. Date: c.14th century.
Created on: Thursday 28th May 2009
Last updated: Wednesday 29th June 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Hopton on Sea', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-2DBBE5
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Gold mourning ring with D-sectioned hoop and no bezel. Partly squashed. The convex outer face is decorated overall with engraved skull and foliate motifs including two octofoils. The inner face is inscribed GA ob 26 May 98 The omission of the first two letters of the date indicates that the date is 1698. The inscription is followed by a maker's mark EN (or ER: if the second letter is an N it is an unusual form). External diameter c.18mm. Width of hoop 4.5mm. Thickness 1.5mm. Weight 4.66g
Created on: Friday 28th January 2011
Last updated: Friday 25th January 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Mulbarton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-47DCF4
Object type: COIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A single Roman gold coin, a solidus of Arcadius, found in exactly the same area as a hoard of 26 late Roman gold solidi and 4 silver siliquae discovered in 1993. This coin is plainly part of the same hoard, missed during the 1993 excavations. It was struck in 394-5, a date that exactly accords with the latest coins in the hoard and its crisp, almost mint state, similar to that of the other coins of this date present, suggests that it had not been in circulation long when the hoard was buried. Arcadius, solidus, mint of Milan, Roman Imperial Coinage volume IX, 35b (September 6, 394 t…
Created on: Thursday 29th March 2012
Last updated: Monday 15th April 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Hingham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-515C15
Object type: PENDANT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description: Sheet and filigree wire disc pendant made from pale gold. Circular sheet with a border of applied beaded wire around the edge, now broken in several places and with a short length missing. There is a large central circular setting, now empty, made from an upright strip of gold which has been very neatly soldered to the circular backplate. From this extend four small, evenly spaced U-shaped pieces of beaded wire, alternating with four large U-shaped pieces of beaded wire which extend from the outer edge of the pendant to the edge of the central setting, thus creating a cru…
Created on: Monday 23rd April 2012
Last updated: Monday 7th April 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Oxborough', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-9D2B90
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval gold finger ring. The bezel consists of a lion couchant, moulded in high relief and soldered to the hoop. The beast's rump is faceted with multiple hammer marks. There are deeply moulded grooves on the mane and paws, and a deep groove for the mouth, but the top of the lion's head is worn smooth, with only traces surviving of grooves indicating the nose and eyes. A separate circular sectioned piece of wire extends from the lion's mouth to between its paws, curving back up towards the nose before a break. The hoop in front of the lion is plain before a transverse ridge and slig…
Created on: Monday 3rd October 2011
Last updated: Tuesday 4th June 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'East Carleton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-36DAE7
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Gold Serjeants-at-Law finger ring. Rectangular sectioned, now squashed, engraved with a cross paté followed by . These rings were distributed by people joining the Order of Serjeants-at-Law. Rings distributed at the same call all had the same motto whether an individual or several people were joining the order. The motto 'LEX VITA REGVM' was used on rings of the general call of April 1567 when seven people became Serjeants-at-Law. However, the list of mottos and the years in which they were used is incomplete and it is possible that this motto was used more than once (G. Holborn, p…
Created on: Tuesday 8th January 2008
Last updated: Friday 19th August 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'East of Norwich', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-E67851
Object type: SPANGLE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early Saxon gold composite spangles or pendant: a square sheet plate is set lozenge-wise and pierced for suspension at one corner, the top of the perforation is almost worn through. Wire rings with wound ends hang from the other three corners, each holding a smaller square sheet plate pierced for suspension in one corner. There is a repoussé boss in the centre of all four plates. A horseshoe-shaped stamp consisting of ten trapezoidal impressions has been struck four times on the larger plate, while the smaller ones are decorated with punched dots. Small parts of two smaller plates ar…
Created on: Friday 21st August 2009
Last updated: Friday 13th May 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Loddon', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-EDEE62
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Gold finger ring: 'D' sectioned band. Internal black letter inscription reading 'nul auter' (Norman French, 'none other'). Decorated externally with three long chevrons each with a beaded border and a central five petalled flower and foliate decoration within. The sections separating the chevrons each have a median arris with an engraved plant on either side showing roots, stem with leaf to either side and pointed flower head. Tiny traces of possible black or other dark coloured enamel.. 15th century. Internal diameter 17mm, external diameter 20mm, width of band 5.5mm, weight 4.45g.
Created on: Thursday 15th July 2010
Last updated: Thursday 28th June 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Foulsham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-541A06
Object type: PENDANT
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A gold solidus of the emperor Theodosius I struck at Milan between 378 and 387 (Roman Imperial Coinage vol. IX, no. 5f or 8b). The coin has been fitted with a ribbed suspension loop, also of gold, at the 12 o'clock position on the obverse (6 o'clock on the reverse) in order for it to serve as a pendant. This process is well known from the early Saxon period when many Roman gold coins were thus treated. Coin dated to 378-87, suspension loop added from the fifth to early seventh century. Obv. D N THEODO - SIVS P F AVG; Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed right Rev. VICTOR - IA…
Created on: Monday 8th March 2010
Last updated: Tuesday 10th December 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Swaffham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-7DA3A7
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Gold finger-ring with circular collet, in the form of a quatrefoil, set with a turquoise cabochon. The narrow hoop of flattened D-section is decorated at the shoulders with foliar motifs and with inlaid dark blue enamel at the terminals. The collet can be compared with that of a ring from Newball, Lincolnshire, which was dated to the late 15th or early 16th century. (Treasure Annual Report 2003, 108, no. 194). It is also similar to a ring shown on the left hand of Thomas Cromwell in a portrait painted by Holbein in 1534-5 (Oman 1974, 96, plate 23 A). Late 15th - early 16th century. In…
Created on: Wednesday 10th March 2010
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd July 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Mattishall', grid reference and parish protected.


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