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6th-9th century AD. A Viking or Anglo-Scandinavian finger ring of Hines & Bayliss's Type WR3, formed from twisted gold square-section wire with slip-knot bezel. See Webster, L. & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900, London, 1991. 3.93 grams, 24.97mm overall, 19.49mm internal diameter (approximate size British S 1/2, USA 9 1/4, Europe 20.63, Japan 19) (1"). Found near Amesbury, Wiltshire, UK, 29 August 2015; disclaimed under the Treasure Act 1996 with reference number 2016T261; accompanied by a copy of the Portable Antiquities Scheme report, a letter from the British Museum disclaiming the Crown's interest and museum report for HM Coroner. The ring is of a type found in Anglo-Saxon deposits, especially early period (5th-7th century) burials. The form of the knot is consistent with this early date-range but the lozenge-section wire is more typical of Middle Saxon work which occasionally appears in hoards associated with the Viking raids, such as the Beeston Tor example.


Very fine condition. A large wearable size.

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Viking 'The Bulford' Gold Ring with Twisted Bezel

Estimate £2,000 - £3,000Nov 26, 2019
Starting Bid £1,400
London, UK