mourning ring

The 17th century mourning ring found in Staffordshire

A RARE 17th century gold ring found with a metal detector in the Newcastle area in June 2010.

It has been declared treasure and is currently being stored at The British Museum, in London.

But it is understood that The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, in Hanley, is bidding to bring the antique back to North Staffordshire.

The ring was found by Peter Amison, of Hazelhurst Road, Chell,  in June 2010 while metal detecting. The ring dates from 1660 to 1700. The words engraved on the inside say:  ‘death has surprised my chiefest jewel’.  Its value was not disclosed at a Treasure Trove inquest at North Staffordshire Coroners’ Court.

It is believed that the ring would have been used to contain a piece of hair.

“For an item to be declared treasure it has to be at least 300 years old.

“This ring incorporates features that are 17th century in style. The ring is in good condition and contains 10 per cent gold. The fact it was found in 2010 means it is treasure.”

Museum officials have declined to comment on any possible bid for the ring.

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