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Author Topic: Finds declared treasure! todays south wales argus & western mail  (Read 3082 times)
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« on: February 10, 2009, 05:05:29 PM »

TREASURE dating back more than 300-years-old was uncovered in Gwent during the last 16 months.

A gold finger ring, a silver gilt pinhead and a silver gilt dress hook were declared as treasure at an inquest at Gwent coroner’s court.

All three items were found by metal detectors and handed over to Dr Mark Redknap, curator of medieval and later archaeology at the National Museum of Wales.

Dr Redknap said only round 10 or 20 of these types of finds are made in South East Wales a year.

All three items contain 10 per cent precious metal and because they are at least 300 years old they fall within the definition of treasure according to the Treasure Act 2006.

The gold finger ring was found on January 17, 2008 in Mathern by Tony Blackley.

The posy ring was made of gold with Latin italic script meaning “gift of a most beloved friend.”

The lettering on the ring dates it to between around 1560 and 1610.

Dr Redknap said most of these rings were used for fashion and as a new year’s gift or courtship ring.

He said the ring gives a unique glimpse of the decorative style of personal ornaments.

But said decorative enamel on the ring would have come away over time.

The silver gilt pinhead was discovered by David Manley on September 10, 2008 in Michaelstone-y-Fedw and is thought to date back to the late sixteenth century.

Dr Redknap said this would have been used as a dress fastening to hold up garments.

The silver gilt dress hook was uncovered in Wentloog by James Manley ( myself ) on October 7, 2007.

This type of fashion accessory dates back to the sixteenth century and were used to hold up women’s clothing out of the mud.

Dr Redknap said the hook is elaborately decorated and is not a common find in this area.

Newport Museum has expressed an interest in the pinhead and the dress hook and Chepstow Museum has expressed an interest in the finger ring.

The three items have not yet been valued but will be valued by an independent valuation committee and the finder and landowner will be informed.

Once a final valuation is agreed by all parties, the museums which have expressed an interest in the items will then have the chance to find the funding for them.
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2009, 05:16:45 PM »

Well done James and Dave - nice finds, lets hope you have a nice valuation also.

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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2009, 05:34:17 PM »

Well done James, I saw this in last nights Argus,I didn't realise it was you. Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2009, 05:45:54 PM »

Nice one James , took them a while to put yours through!
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2009, 06:39:26 PM »

heyyy well done James,
 now is the find spots on that link that i was looking at on here earlier,  lol only joking James  lol
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2009, 07:20:09 PM »

Well done to all. Thanks for sharing the article James.
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2009, 08:13:35 PM »

FAB finds james  lucky you all best DES
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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2009, 04:21:15 PM »

cheers lads!!  Wink
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« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2009, 05:58:55 PM »

READ IT TODAY JAMES WELL DONE YOU BOTH.
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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2009, 03:37:21 PM »

thanks casa!
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« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2009, 08:08:30 PM »

Really nice finds,well done lads Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2009, 08:06:27 PM »

I just love that Posey Ring, still on my wish list after more than 12 years!  Cry
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