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  • Description

    Amulet-ring; silver, with circular bezel set with a "toadstone", the setting open at the back. The slender hoop is decorated on the shoulders, back and sides with chased floral scrolls on a ground of niello. The rim of the setting is gold.

  • Date

    • 16thC-17thC(early)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 1.36 inches
    • Diameter: 0.62 inches (bezel)
  • Curator's comments

    Text from Dalton 1912, Catalogue of Finger Rings
    The hole at the back of the bezel was probably intended to allow a vent to the power of the stone.

    For further discussion of toadstone rings, see Chistopher J. Duffin, 'Fossils as Drugs: pharmaceutical palaeontology', Ferrantia (Travaux scientifiques du Musée national d'histoire naturelle Luxembourg), no. 54, Luxembourg 2008, pp. 42-44.


  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1912 897 bibliographic details
  • Location

    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
    1999 8 Feb-2 Apr, London, Wellcome Institute Library, Renaissance Medicine

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  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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