Beginner luck, from father to son?

Fine ring, isn’t it?

The owner, James, tell us ” it seems to be a Tudor memento mori* ring, circa 1550 -1600. Such rings were a timely reminder of the importance of spiritual preparation for death and one is listed in Henry VIII’s inventory: A ring of golde with a deathes hedde. This high carat gold ring has a hexagonal bezel with central skull.

James and son 3

We found this beauty at about 6-8 inch deep on pasture in Cambridgeshire. Since finding, it has been to the British museum who, they confirm it’s 16th early 17th century mourning ring. I have just had letter saying it has been disclaimed as treasure and to be returned to me.”

For the anecdote he adds “I started detecting in June 2011. After 3months I found a late Bronze Age gold pennulor bracelet which was 352.3g. Beginner luck maybe, lol. Then I decided to upgrade to the DEUS metal detector. On my second time out on a new permission an new machine me and my son Hayden came across this beauty”

It seems that the son is as lucky as his father!

* A memento mori (Latin ‘remember that you will die’]) is an artistic or symbolic reminder of the inevitability of death. “The expression ‘memento mori’ developed with the growth of Christianity, which emphasized Heaven, Hell, and salvation of the soul in the afterlife.”

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