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Thomas Cromwell's 'love ring' discovered by treasure hunter banked £35,000

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A beautiful gold 15th Century ring was found by a metal detectorist near Laude Abbey in Leicestershire. It was found on the land which was owned by the late Thomas Cromwell, who was Henry VIII's advisor.


The striking piece of jewelry represents an early example of a love ring, worn by the wife of married partners, the bond between them symbolized with two natural gems embedded on the front and surrounded by a decoration which may be the representation of flower petals. 
The sides are engraved with leaf patterns.  The dimensions are 19 mm in diameter and 10 mm wide at bezel with a weight of 5.71 grams.  The land where the ring was discovered is now a Christian retreat and conference center and the finder was privileged to receive permission to search the area.



In historical days, the land was initially owned by wealthy Augustinian Priory since the 12th century.  Thomas Cromwell was surveying for land to settle on and found the location with its stunning surroundings impressive. He took…

Celtic brooch dating back to the Viking age found in Norway.

The brooch has wing-like features with patterns that represent a dolphin or fish.

A bronze Celtic brooch, dating back to the 9th century was found by a man metal detecting on Agdenes farm at the south end of Trondheim Fjord, mid-Norway. Experts believe it was made in a Celtic workshop, but stolen during the Viking raids in Ireland.
It is in pristine condition and features a bird figure that has two “wings” with patterns representing a dolphin or fish. These patterns reveal the date which the object was made. It was tradition for middle to lower class Viking women to be buried in a traditional dress and often jewelry which was stolen during raids.

Aina Margrethe Heen Pettersen is the curator responsible for examining Viking finds.

The location where the brooch was found has been mentioned a number of times in Norse sagas as a place where warriors gathered prior to sailing off to continue their journey towards the British Isles.

Aina Margrethe Heen Pettersen, a doctoral student at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology's (NTNU) Department of Historical Studies provides interesting insight about the find. She says brooches like these were originally attached to a horse harness or religious items like books, a Bishop's staff or altar ornaments. The men who made it back alive after raids in Ireland or British Aisles gifted stolen objects to waiting for female family members. The women turned the fittings into jewelry, and attached it to traditional Norse clothing as dress or belt decorations.

The jewelry was discovered on Agdenes farm, at the south end of Trondheim Fjord

The item was not discovered in the original grave, which indicates the grave was disturbed at some point which could have happened during plowing or other farming activities.
 It is currently curated and preserved at the NTNU University Museum.


 
                      

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