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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…

Interesting early Medieval golden fitting discovered in North Yorkshire declared a treasure

A gold fitting dating back to the Early Medieval times (AD 800 - AD 900) which was discovered by a metal detectorist in a cultivated farm field in Hambleton, North Yorkshire has been declared a treasure.

It was noted that this find is interesting and to some extent unidentified, as no identical object has ever been discovered before and believed to be a fitting as it features a suspension loop, however, the exact use has not been determined.  Made mainly of pure gold with two blue glass studs representing eyes with a length of 22.5 mm and weight of 3.72 g.
The item has been designed to represent an animal head and made with skilled craftsmanship in a three-dimensional form with the top of the suspension loop attachment concealed by the jaw.
The exact function of this remarkable fitting is a mystery although similar known objects dating back to mid-to-late 9th century Anglo-Saxon exists. 
The ears of this golden animal fittings are quite exceptional which seems to be intended not to be decorative, but functional as they do not interconnect. They may have been used to hold hard or stiff material instead of a suspension chain or braided textile. The lack of rivet holes to attach an element may mean that it was glued on to the material which is a unique feature.
The design of the eyes and square-ended jaw as well is the decorative beaded wire "oculus motif" seen on the front of the head is consistent with a 9th-century date. 

                       

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