Rings

Silver-gilt finger ring

Object
:
Ring.
Culture:
Medieval. 14th-15th century.
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material:
Silver gilt.
Size:
20.4mm x 20.2mm x 6.7mm. Weight: 1.3g
Notes: Missing parts of the decoration on the shoulders, but retains its original full mercurial gold gilding. The central bezel is engraved. The hoop is complete and unbroken.

Finger ring with square setting

Object: Ring.
Culture: Medieval. 14th-15th century.
Country/Area of Origin: near Salisbury, England.
Material:
Size: 2.2cm diameter
Notes: Hoop is complete and unbroken. Glass paste stone remains. Projecting square bezel. Almost identical to 1 x PAS 14-15th C and 2 x PAS Records Copper alloy FINGER RING ROMAN SUR-E29966 and SUR-F75283

Finger ring with decoration

Object
: Ring.
Culture: Medieval. 14th-15th century.
Country/Area of Origin: Thames. UK.
Material: Bronze.
Size: 1.4cm diameter. Child.
Notes: Decorative children's finger ring with expanding hoop shank. Would have been gold or silver plated when made.

Bronze gilt finger ring

Object: Ring.
Culture: Medieval, circa 15th century.
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material: Bronze with traces of gilding.
Size: 1.5cm diameter. UK size H.
Notes: Traces of gilding remain on the hoop within the engraved lines. Possible heart motif.

Brooches

Silver Gilt Ring Brooch-Silver fleur terminal ring brooch

Object
: Ring-brooch
Culture: Medieval, c. 1250 - 1350 AD
Country/Area of Origin: Normandy, France
Material: Silver gilt
Size: 39.2mm x 2.4mm Weight: 6.5g
Notes: The brooch was found in France by a metal detector user who lives in Saint-Lo in Normandy, so it would be around that part of Northern France, at the same time of Edward the Black Prince and Richard II. This example is bold, large and silver-gilt! The terminals are fleur shaped having significance with the emblemen of the Virgin Mary. Such a brooch would have been worn by a noble lady or an abbess. The brooch is intact and in excellent condition. Ring-brooches are the most common type medieval brooch to survive and had a practical function: to fasten tunics, especially at the neck. Shaped as rings, with a long central pin, these brooches varied enormously in size, and could be tiny, smaller than a finger nail. Ring-brooches were made of costly gold or silver, or of much cheaper copper or pewter. They were worn mostly until the late fourteenth century, when changing fashions in dress included more closely tailored clothes and the growing use of button fastenings.

Ring Brooch

Object
: Ring broch
Culture: Medieval, 12th-13th century
Country/Area of Origin: England
Material: Silver, gold gild
Size:
Notes: Pin intact and moves freely. Traces of gold gilding survives. Excellent condition.
Ring brooch with 8 decorative balls

Object
: Ring Brooch
Culture: Medieval. 13th-14th century
Country/Area of Origin: England
Material: Silver, gold gild.
Size:
Notes: Bethrothal brooch. silver gilt. Original pin intact and works freely, traces of gold gilding remain
Heading

Object
: Ring Brooch
Culture: Medieval. 13th-14th century
Country/Area of Origin: Ex. private collection, originally found in Essex, England.
Material: Silver with gold gilding
Size: 22.18mm dia x 2.63mm
Weight: 1.7 grams
Notes: This is a wonderful medieval silver-gilt 'betrothal' ring-brooch, dating to the 13th - 14th century. It is a fine piece, intact with the original pin. The ring is made from a solid silver rod, decorated with applied lozenge panels and beads. Each quarter has alternating rosette bezels and punch decorated knops. The silver pin contained within a constriction, has a decorated collar and sword shaped point. The brooch still retains partial mercurial gold gilding.

During the medieval period royalty and the nobility wore gold, silver and precious gems. Lower ranks of society wore base metals, such as copper or pewter. When given to a lady a ring-brooch was the medieval equivalent of the modern-day engagement ring. A French poem of 1184 also makes the association between the ring-brooch and marriage very clear in the lines my bride shall wear a brooch - a witness to her modesty and a proof that hers will be a chaste bed. It will shut up her breast and thrust back any intruder. The Size and robustness of this brooch, would indicate that it would be worn to secure linen or woolen clothing.

Silver Spectacle Brooch

Object
: Double ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 13th century
Country/Area of Origin: England
Material: Silver
Size: 19.86mm x 10.02mm x 1.19mm (open 37.72mm)
Weight: 0.9 grams
Notes: It is of an unusual spectacle shape, formed from two brooches joined as one. Brooches of this size, were mainly worn by ladies to secure a veil / wimple. The delicacy of the silver and size, would be suited for silks or very fine linen. Generally silver annular brooches are rare, we find around 1 for every 100 in bronze which seem to make up the majority of recorded specimens. This is the first such 'spectacle' shaped brooch I have seen, thus a very type. Spectacles were known and in use from the early medieval period, used during the 12th - 14th century in Monasteries for reading and fine illumination. This may have inspired the silversmith to make such a unique brooch, possibly as a special commission or gift to a nunnery. It is remarkable to have survived with both pins intact, despite to small and and fragile construction.
Ring brooch with 3 glass stones

Object: Ring brooch. 6 collets, 3 blue stones.
Culture: Medieval, 14th century.
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material: Bronze and glass.
Size: 2.3cm diameter.
Notes: 3 blue glass stones remain intact. Wire pin is unbroken and works freely.

Ring brooch with 2 glass stones

Object: Ring brooch with 6 collets and 2 existing glass stones.
Culture: Medieval. 14th century.
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material: with 2 blue stones.
Size: 1.8cm diameter.
Notes: 2 blue glass stones remain, Traces of calcium carbonate paste remain.

Ring brooch with 11 collets and pin

Object: Ring brooch with 11 collets and pin.
Culture: Medieval. 14th century.
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material:
Size: 3.3cm diameter.
Notes: Calcium carbonate paste remains in some of the collets. Pin moves freely.

Ring brooch with 6 collets

Object: Ring brooch with 6 high collets and no pin.
Culture: Medieval. 14th century.
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material:
Size: 2.7cm diameter.
Notes: Pin is absent.

Ring brooch with 6 collets

Object: Ring brooch, with 6 mounts and wriggle work. No pin.
Culture: Medieval 14th century
Country/Area of Origin: UK
Material:
Size: 2.2cm diameter
Notes: Brooch has two rows of wriggle work between the collets. Pin is absent.

Ring brooch w 6 stone collets and half pin

Object: Ring brooch, with 6 collets and wriggle work and half pin
Culture: Medieval. 14th century.
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material:
Size: 2.2cm diameter
Notes: 2 rows of wriggle work between the collets.

Ring brooch with 6 collets and half pin

Object: Ring brooch with 6 collets, wriggle work and half pin.
Culture: Medieval. 14th century.
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material:
Size: 2.5cm diameter
Notes: 2 rows of wriggle work between the collets.

Ring brooch with 8 collets

Object: Ring brooch with 8 turreted collets and part pin.
Culture: Medieval. 13th-14th century.
Country/Area of Origin: UK
Material:
Size: 2cm diameter.
Notes:

Ring brooch with 6 stones and 11 mounts

Object: Ring brooch with 6 high collets and 5 low mounts. Pin broken.
Culture: Medieval. 13th-14th century.
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material:
Size: 2.6cm diameter
Notes:

Ring brooch with 8 stone mounts, full pin.

Object: Ring brooch with 8 collets,
Culture: Medieval. 14th-15th century.
Country/Area of Origin: UK
Material:
Size: 2.2cm diameter.
Notes: The pin is complete and working.

Turreted annular brooch with 8 stone mounts, full pin.

Object: Ring brooch with 8 collets
Culture: Medieval. 13th-14th century.
Country/Area of Origin: Yorkshire, UK.
Material: Bronze.
Size: 2.5cm diameter.
Notes: The pin is complete and working.

Ring brooch with 6 collets

Object: Brooch, tear-shaped with 6 collets
Culture: Medieval.
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material:
Size: 2.3cm width.
Notes: 2 rows of wriggle work between the collets. The pin is absent.

Brooch with 6 collets

Object: Teardrop brooch with 6 collets and wriggle work. No pin.
Culture: Medieval. 14th century.
Country/Area of Origin: UK
Material:
Size: 2cm width
Notes: 2 rows of wriggle work between the collets. The pin is absent.

Brooch with 4 lobes and 4 collets

Object: Brooch with 4 lobes and 4 collets
Culture: Medieval. AD 1250 - 1400.
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material:
Size: 3.5cm diameter.
Notes: The pin is absent. A copper alloy medieval turret brooch. The openwork brooch is broadly quatrefoil in plan with a broadly square openwork centre. One of the perforations expands slightly into the openwork square and contains a circular perforation to hold a complete pin. Each quatrefoil contains a circular perforation each contails a rivet which protrudes through the front face presumably to hold further decoration which is now missing. The front face contains four circular projections which contain a white substance. Almost identical to PAS WILT-06FF33

Brooch with silver gilt and half twist

Object: Silver-gilt brooch with half twist
Culture: Medieval. 14th century
Country/Area of Origin: UK
Material:
Size: 1.5cm diameter.
Notes: Large amount of gilding remains. The bottom half of the brooch features twisted metal. The pin is absent.

Brooch with wriggle work and pin

Object: Lozenge-shaped brooch with wriggle work.
Culture: Medieval.