This is a nice medieval gold finger ring, dating to the 13th - 14th century. This ring is of the type known as a 'Stirrup' ring, named by Victorian collectors during the 19th century (due to the shape resembling horses stirrups). This form of finger-ring was most popular during the 13th century however the date range can stretch from c.1150-c.1500 (Egan and Pritchard 1991:326). Similar rings have been excavated in 13th-century contexts at Canterbury (Scarisbrick and Henig 2003:30, no.1), London (Egan and Pritchard 1991:326, nos.1608&9) and Winchester (Biddle 1990:651, no.2082). see NMS-8EADF3 and WILT-5F7996 for discussion.
This ring is set with a garnet or ruby gemstone, within a tightly rubbed setting. Today this wonderful wearable treasure has survived in excellent condition, the gem is intact and sturdy.
OBJECT: Stirrup ring
DATE: c. 1250 - 1350 A.D. (13th - 14th century A.D.)
MATERIAL: Gold & ruby/garnet
SIZE: 23mm, the width is 20mm x 2mm
RING SIZE: 8 1/2 (US) Q 3/4 (UK)
WEIGHT: 3.28 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. Gilbert Collection, Winchester. Originally acquired in Paris 2010.
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