- Museum number
Fede-ring; silver; once gilt; relief; clasped hands with buttoned sleeves as bezel; inscribed shoulders; at back of hoop is heart issuing two quatrefoil flowers.
- Production date
Diameter: 1.06 inches
- Curator's comments
- This is no. 7 in the Londesborough Collection catalogue. Crofton Croker describes it as, 'Decade Gimmel Ring. Silver (had been gilt). Two hands clasped. On the opposite side, two quaterfoils spring from a heart (quere, the Immaculate Heart?) engraved "help god" or "god help". Found in the Thames. The workmanship, early in the sixteenth century. Presented by Mr Roach Smith.'
Text from Ward, Cherry et al, 'The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century,' London 1981, pl.195.
This is an example of a marriage or betrothal ring. The nature of the ring is exemplified by the clasped hands that form the bezel; here they are depicted in a naturalistic fashion with buttoned sleeves. At the back of the hoop is a heart in relief with two four-petalled flowers issuing from it. On the shoulders of the ring is the legend: GOD HELP, which indicates a desire for the marriage to be blessed and also confirms the English origin of the ring.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
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
- Gilt missing.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Londesborough Collection 7