This is an ancient Iron Age (Celtic) bronze finger ring, dating to the 2nd century B.C. - 2nd century A.D. The ring is made of copper alloy wire which is circular in section and has a diameter of 3.7mm. It is coiled into a spiral of one and a half turns. The internal diameter of the ring is just 13mm, making it quite small to be worn on a finger, so likely a toe-ring. A similar example from Camerton, Somerset (1990) is illustrated in the Iron Age Artefact Identification Guide (Worrell, 2009, unpublished). Others recorded as ASHM-A490AC, LVPL-44C761, HESH-A3BB08 etc. It is a good looking piece, discovered by a metal detectorist in Wiltshire.
OBJECT: Finger / Toe Ring
CULTURE: Iron Age, Celtic / Roman
DATE: c. 2nd century B.C. - 2nd century A.D.
RING SIZE: 1 1/2 (US) C (UK)
SIZE: 19mm x 3.7mm
WEIGHT: 4.2 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. Essex collector, originally found in Wiltshire.
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