Jewellery, Watches and Objects of Vertu (23 November 2021)

Date of Auction: 23rd November 2021


Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000

A late 12th/early 13th century gold ring, the D-shaped hoop with decorated shoulders stamped with repeating lozenge-shaped designs, the rectangular flat bezel finely decorated with a cross pattee clechy (pointed), ring diameter 20.65mm. £6,000-£8,000


The ring has been recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database Ref: SF-4128FI and has subsequently been disclaimed.

The ring was found on 28th July 2018 near Saxmundham, Suffolk. Since this find, a number of Norman and later silver pennies have been located in the vicinity.
The find spot is close to an Abbey dating from 1182, founded by Ranulf de Glanville, Chief Justician to Henry II, and the nearby church of St Mary’s is recorded in the Domesday book. The Abbey was a religious house of White Canons dedicated to St Mary.

Two similar rings in silver have been recorded but none in gold.