This is an ancient Scandinavian Viking copper-alloy finger ring, dating to the 8th - 10th century A.D. The ring is formed from a hammered sheet of copper, with a broad bezel, graduating to a wirework hoop closed with a slip-knot. The surfaces retain traces of tinning, used as a layer of protection and to give the ring a silver appearance when new. This type of ring was popular in Scandinavia, as well as Saxon England. Recorded examples can be seen ESS-9CB5B8, NLM-FC0D13, SWYOR-56EA98, SF-E58167 etc. Sadly the ring has become crushed in the ground and is cracked. It will be suitable for museum display or will make for an interesting study piece.
OBJECT: Finger Ring
DATE: c. 8th - 10th century A.D.
MATERIAL: Copper-alloy (tinned)
RING SIZE: 10 (US) T 1/2 (UK)
SIZE: 24mm x 21mm x 3mm (bezel 20mmx 14mm)
WEIGHT: 1.7 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. European Private Collection.
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