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This is a complete medieval silver ring-brooch, dating to the 13th century AD. Ring-brooches are the most common type medieval brooch to survive and had a practical function: to fasten tunics, especially at the neck. Shaped as rings, with a long central pin, these brooches varied enormously in size and could be tiny, smaller than a fingernail. Ring-brooches were made of costly gold or silver, or of much cheaper copper or pewter. They were worn mostly until the late fourteenth century when changing fashions in dress included more closely tailored clothes and the growing use of button fastenings.
This example was found in East Riding of Yorkshire, recorded with PAS as YORYM-3E5C23
DATE: c. 1200 - 1300 AD
SIZE: 18.9mm x 3.8mm x 1.2mm;
WEIGHT: 1.5 grams
PROVENANCE: Found in Yorkshire, YORYM-3E5C23