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Ring Brooches without stones

Ring brooch
with cirles and squares
RBWOS01

Object
: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval, 12th-13th century
Area of Origin: Swaffham, Norfolk. England
Material: Silver, gold gilding
Size: 19.62mm diameter x 0.61mm width
Weight: 1.16 grams

Notes: The brooch is a round, almost flat ring with a recess for the pin. The pin is undecorated, intact and moves freely. The brooch is decoreated with two raised rows of circles flanking a central row of squares. Large traces of gold gilding survives. Excellent condition.

Ex S. Saunders Collection.

Described as "a wonderful medieval silver-gilt 'betrothal' ring-brooch."

Ring brooch
with 8 globules
RBWOS02


Object
: Ring Brooch
Culture: Medieval. 1250-1350
Area of Origin: England
Material: Silver, gold gilding
Size: 15.9mm diameter x 1.95mm width
Weight: 1.4 grams

Notes: Octofoil ring brooch with 8 decorated globules which are evenly spaced around th ering. Each globule is decorated with tiny raised nubs. Original pin intact and works freely, traces of gold gilding remain.

Originally found in England. Described as "a wonderful medieval silver-gilt 'betrothal' ring-brooch, dating to the 13th-14th century."

Ex Tom Cederlind Collection Item #AR629.

Ring brooch
with lozenge panels
RBWOS03


Object
: Ring Brooch
Culture: Medieval. 13th-14th century
Country of Origin: France
Material: Silver, gold gilding
Size: 22.18mm diameter x 2.63mm width
Weight: 1.7 grams

Notes: The ring is made from a solid silver rod, decorated with applied lozenge panels and beads. Each quarter has alternating rosette bezels and punch decorated knops. The original silver pin is contained within a constriction, and has a decorated collar and sword shaped point. The brooch still retains partial mercurial gold gilding.

Described as a wonderful medieval silver-gilt 'betrothal' ring-brooch, dating to the 13th-14th century. It is a fine piece, intact with the original pin.

Ex Private collection of brooches from Essex Item #600

Ring brooch
with decoration
RBWOS16


Object
: Ring Brooch
Culture: Medieval. c1250-1350
Area of Origin: Yonne, France
Material: alloy of tin and lead
Size: 27mm diameter
Weight: 3.22 grams

Notes: The ring is made from a solid rod, decorated with four applied lozenge panels and four decorated knops. The pin is contained within a constriction, has a decorated collar and sword shaped point and is in working condition. The brooch in complete and intact.

French artifact from an old collection.

Double ring brooch
with two pins

RBWOS04

Object
: Double ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 13th century
Area of Origin: Netherlands
Material: Silver
Size: 19.86mm x 10.02mm x 1.19mm (open 37.72mm)
Weight: 0.9 grams

Notes: Extremely unusual double ring brooch with pins in situ. One ring is plain and undecorated and is extremely worn where the pin has been heavily utilised. The other ring is decorated with a series or lines. The attached pin has a collar towards the pin base and shows little signs of wear. Both rings are joined by a central lozenge-shaped plate which is decorated with an unidentified pattern in the centre which is flanked by a single line. Both pins appear to face frontwards and rest on the decorated plate.

Use for this item is unknown. It is extremely small but made of silver and partially decorated. It is not sturdy enough to use as a clothing fastened and the pins are too thick for use on a silk veil without tearing holes in it. The unusualy tiny size of this item makes it particularly interesting.

Ex R Davies Collection from Northhamptonshire, UK, It is of an unusual shape, formed from two brooches joined as one. Described as: Brooches of this size were mainly worn by ladies to secure a veil or wimple. The size would be suited for silks or very fine linen except the pin suggest a light wool. Generally silver annular brooches are rare. We find around 1 for every 100 in bronze which seem to make up the majority of recorded specimens. This is the only brooch I have seen of this type. Possibly as a special commission or gift.

Any suggestions about possible use, please contact me.

Ring brooch
Fede with decoration
RBWOS14

Object
: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval 13th-14th century
Area of Origin: England, UK
Material: Silver, gold gilding
Size: 22mm
Weight: 0.77 grams

Notes: Clasped hands brooch with engraved decoration. Pin is absent. Brooch frame is complete and raises to a central apex. There is an apeture for the pin. Large traces of gold gilding remain.

Similar to: PAS, Finds Identified, Leahy & Lewis. Item LIN-9A4B26, Kirton-in-Holland, Lincolnshire, dated between 1200-1400.
Similar to: British Museum annular brooch.
Museum number AF.2693. Description- Annular brooch; gold; triangular section with pair of hands in prayer projecting on one side; pearled band in alternate half of each quadrant; inscribed. Cultures/periods. Late Medieval. Production date- 14th century.

Ring brooch
with clasped hands
RBWOS15

Object
: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval 13th-14th century
Area of Origin: Thames River, Oxford. England
Material:
Size: height 31mm, width 30mm.
Weight: 3.92 grams

Notes: The brooch is circular with a narrowed recess for the pin which no longer remains. Two opposing apexes of the frame are moulded into three-dimensional clasped hands. The thumbs and fingers of each hand are clearly defined and grooves above each suggest knuckles. Where the frame narrows to each hand, a cuff decoration with transverse grooves is present.Pattern or letters between the sections is unclear. Very fine condition.

Similar to: brooch NM148, Medieval Artifacts, Nigel Rees.
Similar to: Item 107 Medieval Jewellery, Marian Campbell, Silver fede brooch 1300-1350 Germany, Westfallisches Landesmuseum.
Similar to: British Museum Object Type: annular brooch. Museum number AF.2716. Description: Annular brooch; silver; flat band bent up and engraved and gilt on two opposite sides to represent two pairs of clasped hands. Period/Culture: Late Medieval. Materials: Silver.

Ring brooch
with half twist
RBWOS05

Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 14th century
Area of Origin: UK
Material: Silver, gold gilding
Size: 15mm diameter
Weight: 0.84 grams

Notes: Silver-gilt ring brooch with half twist. Large amount of gilding remains. The twisted half of the brooch is circular while the plain half of the brooch rises to a triangular point centrally. There is a recessed apeture for a pin. The pin is absent.

Similar to: MoL. Egan & Pritchard, Dress Accessories. Item 1312, Swan Lane, London.

 

Ring brooch
with etched lines
RBWOS06

Object: Annular ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 13th-14th century
Area of Origin: Thames River, London
Material: Pewter, gold gilding
Size: 20mm diameter
Weight: 2.38 grams

Notes: Annular ring brooch. Pin is original, complete and moves freely. The frame is complete and has etched lines on each side of pin. Almost the entire of the gilding is intact.

Ex Thames River find, London. From a small collection originally formed in the 1980's.

Ring Brooch
Undecorated
RBWOS07

Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 13th-14th century
Area of Origin: Norfolk
Material: Bronze, gold gilding
Size: 16.5mm diameter. 3mm thick
Weight: 2.25 grams

Notes: Traces of gold gilding remain. Pin has a collar at the base where it meets the brooch body. Pin is complete and moves freely.

Ring brooch
with pin

RBWOS17


Object
:
Ring brooch
Culture:
Medieval. 13th-14th century
Area of Origin: Yorkshire, England
Material: Bronze
Size:
38mm
Weight: 5.03 grams

Notes:
Pin is undecorated, complete and moves freely. The frame of the brooch is undecorated and does not have a recess for the pin. Directly opposite to the brooch pin is a small tongue similar to the fede style brooch. Brooch frame is considerable worn where the pin is.

From a small collection formed in the 1980's.
Similar to other brooches described as "stirrup brooch" but with the tongue in a different position.

Ring brooch
Fede style

RBWOS09

Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 14th-15th century
Country of Origin: England
Material:
Size: 40mm x 36mm
Weight: 8.26 grams

Notes: Pin is undecorated, complete and moves freely. The frame of the brooch is undecorated and does not have a recess for the pin. Directly opposite to the brooch pin is a small tongue similar to the fede style brooch. Brooch frame is considerable worn where the pin is.

Similar to other brooches described as "stirrup brooch" but with the tongue in a different position.

Ring brooch
with etched lines
RBWOS10

Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 13th-15th century
Area of Origin: England. UK.
Material: Bronze.
Size: 17mm diameter
Weight: 1.41 grams

Notes: Annular ring brooch frame with a recess for a pin which is broken. Pin broken but also included. Etched lines or letters in 2 triangles on each side of pin.

Ex-Winters Collection.

Ring brooch
with 5 globules
RBWOS12

Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 1230-1350
Area of Origin: Canterbury, Kent
Material: Bronze
Size: 20mm diameter
Weight: 1.84 grams

Notes: Sexfoil ring brooch with five globule knobs set at equal intervals around the frame. Recess for a pin, which is complete and moves freely. Brooch is quite thin. There are tiny traces of reddish brown which may be enamel.

Found near Canterbury in 1986.

Ex-Winters Collection.

Ring brooch
with dimples
RBWOS13


Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 13th-15th century
Country of Origin: England
Material: Bronze
Size: 20mm diameter
Weight: 2.69 grams

Notes: Brooch frame is complete and undamaged. The face of the brooch has punched markings and seven dimples. The pin is complete and moves freely. The dimples show no trace of any adhesive residue, but may have had glass stones set into them, although the angle of them suggests that they may be purely decorative.

Ex-Winters Collection.

Ring brooch
with no decoration
RBWOS11

Object: Annular ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 14th-15th century
Country of Origin: England
Material:
Size: 40mm diameter
Weight: 10.96 grams

Notes: Brooch and pin are undecorated and unbroken and in working order. The annular frame has a recess for the pin and is of sturdy construction. The pin has a small collar at the base.

Similar to: MoL, Dress Accessories, Egan & Pritchard. Item 1307. Copper alloy, BWB83 Billingsgate Lorry Park, Watching Brief. Gunmetal.

Ring brooch
Undecorated
RBWOS08


Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval.
Country of Origin: England
Material:
Size: 18mm diameter
Weight: 0.98 grams

Notes:
Brooch and pin are undecorated and unbroken and in working order. The annular frame has a recess for the pin and is of sturdy construction.

Similar to: MoL, Dress Accessories, Egan & Pritchard. Item 1307. Copper alloy, BWB83 Billingsgate Lorry Park, Watching Brief. Gunmetal.


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