Tiverton Museum has recently acquired two silver finger rings which were found separately in Burlescombe by people metal detecting. Both of these rings came to the museum after being classed as treasure through the Treasure Act.
One ring is a fragment of a medieval signet ring which dates from the late 1300s to the early 1400s. The ring is engraved with an image of a lion crest and the letters ‘r’ and ‘i’. The ring is heavily worn, presumably from use.
The second ring is complete and dates from c. 1450 to 1600. This is a slightly misshapen ring with flat hoop and a quatrefoil motif bezel. The outside of the hoop is decorated with linear grooves; the centre of the band has a running decoration of squares.
Pippa Griffith, museum Director, says ‘These rings are a fantastic addition to the museum’s collection as we hold very little from Mid Devon from this period. Jewellery is always evocative as you wonders who wore the rings and how did they get lost. The rings are out on special display at the moment, and we’ve brought back our popular children’s metal detecting activity for a short while.’
The ring has been offered to the museum through the Treasure Act. One ring was generously donated to the museum, and we had to pay £130 for the complete ring. We are asking for donations to help us cover this cost. For further information on how you can help please contact Pippa Griffith at the museum (01884 256295).