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Medieval Gold 'I am a gift of love' Posy Ring Brooch

Antiquities - Medieval


LOT 0486

Estimate
GBP (£) 6,000 - 8,000
EUR (€) 6,850 - 9,130
USD ($) 8,280 - 11,030

Bid History: 11   |   Current bid: £4,000
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MEDIEVAL GOLD 'I AM A GIFT OF LOVE' POSY RING BROOCH
13th-14th century AD

A gold annular brooch with sub-circular frame, sub-rectangular in cross-section, with moulded decoration of a pair of clasped hands at one of the cardinal points and a quatrefoil at each of the remaining three; outer and inner rims with pronounced beading; Old French inscription on the front face in blackletter characteristic of the period, "+ IC - SVI - DE.D - RVC" probably for "+ IE - SVI - DE. D - RVE", translated by John Cherry as "I am [a gift] of love"; gold pin tapered along its length with a beaded collar at the hinged end, resting on a reduced section of the frame in the centre of one of the floral mouldings; the reverse plain, except that the clasped hands are fully three-dimensionally moulded. 1.46 grams, 14mm (1/2").

Condition
Extremely fine condition. An extremely rare and desirable object.

Provenance
Found near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, UK; on 16th September 2017, by Andrew Firth whilst metal detecting; accompanied by the treasure report for H M Coroner; a copy of the disclaimed treasure letter from the British Museum dated 16 January 2018; and a copy of the Portable Antiquities Scheme report SWYOR-3316AD.

Published
Recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme under reference SWYOR-3316AD.

Literature
Disclaimed under the Treasure Act, reference number 2017T1019.

Date
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 to Sunday 27 May 2018: Ancient Art, Antiquities & Coins

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