Medieval carved gold heart and hand ring, circa 16th century.


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Medieval carved gold heart and hand ring. A conforming band composed of a right hand with intricate double cuff clasping a heart, traces of white enamel to the hand and red enamel to the heart, cross hatching to the hand, pelleted band to the left, approximately 2.1g in weight. Tested yellow gold, circa 16th century.

Accompanied by documentation stating that this piece was found at Ringwould-with-Kingsdown, Kent, in 2012; reference KENT-9E4876 under the Portable Antiquities Scheme, with supporting letter from the British Museum declaring this item is Treasure, disclaimed under the Treasure Act, Treasure reference 2012T930.

This ring has the character of a fede ring, but shows one hand instead of two clasping the heart. This piece is the only recorded example of a ring of this date with similar motifs of a single hand clasping a heart, found on the Portable Antiquity Scheme's database or in the British Museum.

Ring size guide: M

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