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  • Description

    Finger-ring; gold; engraved; enamelled; hoop is wreathed, pearled and ridged; channelled shoulders decorated with flowers; bezel with three concave panels depicting Virgin and Child, St Christopher and St Barbara (St Margaret?); inscription within hoop.

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  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 0.96 inches
    • Weight: 130 grains
  • Inscriptions

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      • Inscription Content

        honnour et joye
  • Curator's comments

    Text from Dalton 1912, Catalogue of Finger Rings
    The same inscription is found on the ring of Archbishop Bowet of York, 1407-23 (Archaeologia, xiv, p. 404). Cf. Proc. Soc. Antiquaries of London, iv, 1867, p. 16.

    Handwritten note in ink in Dalton:
    An iconographic ring with v & c. St Christopher and St Barbara found in a Surrey garden August 1934 has legend HONOUR ET IOYE (Letter from Rev. A.B. Milner, Hinton Rectory, Alresford, Hants. 14.8.34).

    Text from Ward, Cherry et al, 'The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century,' London 1981, pl.183.
    The bezel of this iconographic ring has three concave panels with ridges between. The threefold design of the bezel is continued by the three grooves on the shoulders which are engraved with flowers. Standing figures of the Virgin and Child, St Christopher and a female saint (probably St Barbara) are engraved on the bezel. The wreathed hoop is decorated with beading. Inside the ring is the black-letter inscription: HONNOUR ET IOYE ('honour and joy'), an inscription that was also found on the ring in the tomb of Archbishop Bower of York, who died in 1423.


  • Bibliography

    • Ward et al 1981 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1912 757 bibliographic details
    • Evans 1931 p. 8 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    Enamel missing.

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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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