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medieval "love ring"

Started by gash, October 15, 2016, 09:58:58 am

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A medieval "love ring" found in a field near York has sold for a five-figure sum.

Metal detectorist Lee Rossiter discovered the golden ring in a field in Green Hammerton, near York.

Lee (pictured) says he "only started metal detecting 18 months ago" after buying a basic metal detector on ebay thinking his daughter "might like it".

Mark Littler
The ring in the form of a flower is set with two stones, and engraved in Medieval French "ne mem - bon" with a heart at the end.

Analysis by the British Museum's Scientific Research section indicated a surface composition of approximately 78-80% gold and 11-13% silver, with the remaining metal being copper.

Medieval ring
The 15th century ring was submitted to the British Museum and declared a treasure. Local museums were unable to raise funds to buy it and it was then returned to Mr Rossiter.

It's now been sold by auctioneer and valuer Mark Littler for an undisclosed five-figure sum to Wartski in Mayfair.

I was excited when Lee first approached me as medieval jewellery is more often found in museums, not fields."
Mark Littler
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