Roman silver finger-ring of Brancaster type. The bezel is bordered with tiny dots and has an inscription in two lines divided by a plain horizontal line, all inlaid with niello. The legend reads 'VTI/ FELIX' (use (this) happily). The shoulders bear three rows of three shallow indentations with dotted lines between, then a row of dotted lines, two plain grooves, a space, and four plain grooves. There may be further traces of niello in this decoration, but that is uncertain.
- Found/Acquired: Long Stratton
- (Europe,British Isles,England,Norfolk,Long Stratton)
- Diameter: 22 millimetres (internal)
- Length: 11 millimetres (bezel)
- Width: 9 millimetres (bezel)
- Weight: 8.85 grammes
Inscription ContentVTI/ FELIX
Inscription Translationuse (this) happily
7 September 2007
Light surface clean and repair.
The silver ring is very tarnished and broken into four pieces. The incised decoration of the bezel is covered by orange material which has been identified by X-ray fluorescence spectrometry as iron compound. There seems to be a black inlay, tentatively identified as niello. See DCDS Report No. AR2006/32 (May 2006, S. La Niece and A. P. Middleton).
Mechanically removed orange corrosion products using pin vice and scalpel. Consolidation of black substance locally using Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer), ca. 5% in Acetone.The orange iron corrosion products were filling up the incised decoration and in all cases there was only a thin layer of black substance lining the walls. It could as well be only silver corrosion products and not niello.The four fragments were stuck with HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate). The break edges showed some loss of substance which was filled with microballoons and HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate) and inpainted with acrylic colours.
Metal detector find
Prehistory and Europe
- T82 (Treasure number)
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Object reference number: BCB115468
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