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signet-ring

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1967,1208.4

  • Description

    Signet-ring; gold; shoulders of the hoop engraved in three grooves, each with a flower and sun above; the interior of the hoop engraved with an inscription in black letter 'de bon coer' (of good heart); circular bezel engraved with a device of a hawk's lure with the wings bound with cords, above with a fleur-de-lis flanking the letter 't', flowers on each side.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1400-1464
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 25 millimetres
    • Depth: 12.1 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        black letter
      • Inscription Position

        inside hoop
      • Inscription Language

        French
      • Inscription Content

        de bon coer
      • Inscription Translation

        of good heart
  • Curator's comments

    Notes based on Marks & Williamson 2003, no. 206.
    The Fishpool Hoard reveals the types of jewellery that would have been worn by the nobility and wealthy on important social cermonial occasions.The presence of this signet ring suggest that a man owned the jewellery and rings. The device on the signet ring has yet to be identified; the hawk's lure is uncommon in heraldry of the period, but is associated with the Fitzpaine, Seymour, Wakering and Aldington families. It is also the crest used by the Sacheverell family of Kirkby-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, close to where the hoard was discovered. French inscriptions are often used on English jewellery, and it cannot be ascertained whether this ring was made by an English or foreign goldsmith.
    Bet McLeod, 12.06.08

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  • Bibliography

    • Cherry 1973 bibliographic details
    • Archibald 1967 bibliographic details
    • Cherry 1992 ill37 bibliographic details
    • Marks & Williamson 2003 no. 206 (a), pg. 331 bibliographic details
    • Ward et al 1981 no163 bibliographic details
    • Tait 1986a no328 j bibliographic details
    • Tait 1976 no421 bibliographic details
    • Hinton 2005 p240;fig8.3, fig8.6 bibliographic details
    • Hinton 1982 pl46 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G40/dc1

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2005-2006 25 Jul-13 Jan, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2005 12 Feb-26 Jun, Newcastle, Hancock Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2004-2005 1 Oct-15 Jan, Manchester Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2004 30 Apr-21 Sep, Cardiff, National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2003-2004 21 Nov-14 Mar, London, BM, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2003-2004 9 Oct-18 Jan, London, V&A, Gothic: Art for England 1400-1547

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1967

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1967,1208.4

Circular bezel of gold signet ring engraved with a device of a hawk's lure with the wings bound with cord.

Bezel

Circular bezel of gold signet ring engraved with a device of a hawk's lure with the wings bound with cord.

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