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Ring Brooches without stones

When given to a lady, a ring-brooch was the medieval equivalent of the modern-day engagement ring. A French poem of 1184 also makes the association between the ring-brooch and marriage in the lines "my bride shall wear a brooch - a witness to her modesty and a proof that hers will be a chaste bed. It will shut up her breast and thrust back any intruder."

Brooches varied enormously in size, and could be tiny, smaller than a finger nail. Ring-brooches were made of costly gold or silver, or of much cheaper copper or pewter. They were worn mostly until the late fourteenth century, when changing fashions in dress included more closely tailored clothes and the growing use of button fastenings.

Ring brooch
with cirles and squares


Object
: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval, 12th-13th century
Country/Area of Origin: Swaffham, Norfolk. England
Material: Silver, gold gilding
Size: 19.62mm diameter x 0.61mm width
Weight: 1.16g
Notes: Described as "a wonderful medieval silver-gilt 'betrothal' ring-brooch.Ex S. Saunders Collection. Pin intact and moves freely. Large traces of gold gilding survives. Excellent condition. Decoration is stamped or punched.
Ring Brooch
with 8 globules


Object
: Ring Brooch
Culture: Medieval. c1250-1350
Country/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. Described as "a wonderful medieval silver-gilt 'betrothal' ring-brooch, dating to the 13th-14th century." Ex Tom Cederlind Collection Item #AR629. (Portland, OR) Originally found in England. Octagonal ring brooch described as a Bethrothal brooch. Unbroken ring. Original pin intact and works freely, traces of gold gilding remain.
Ring brooch with lozenge panels

Object
: Ring Brooch
Culture: Medieval. 13th-14th century
Country/Area of Origin: France
Material: Silver, gold gilding
Size: 22.18mm diameter x 2.63mm width
Weight: 1.7 grams
Notes: Ex Private collection of brooches from Essex Item #600. 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. 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 silver pin contained within a constriction, has a decorated collar and sword shaped point. The brooch still retains partial mercurial gold gilding.
Double ring brooch
with two pins


Object
: Double ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 13th century
Country/Area of Origin: Netherlands
Material: Silver
Size: 19.86mm x 10.02mm x 1.19mm (open 37.72mm)
Weight: 0.9 grams
Notes: Ex R Davies Collection from Northhamptonshire, UK, Item #577. It is of an unusual shape, formed from two brooches joined as one. 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.

Ring brooch
with half twist

Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 14th century
Country/Area of Origin: UK
Material: Silver, gold gilding
Size: 15mm diameter
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. The pin is absent.

Ring Brooch

Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 13th -14th century
Country/Area of Origin: Norfolk UK.
Material: Bronze, gold gilding
Size: 16.5mm diameter. 3mm thick.
Weight: 2.25 grams.
Notes: Traces of gold gilding remain. Pin is complete and moves freely.

Ring brooch

Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval.
Country/Area of Origin: England. UK.
Material:
Size: 18mm diameter
Notes:
possible item 6583. Brooch and pin are undecorated and unbroken and in working order.

Ring brooch
Fede style

Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 14th-15th century
Country/Area of Origin: England. UK.
Material:
Size: 40mm x 36mm
Notes: Pin is undecorated, complete and moves freely. The body of the brooch is undecorated. Directly opposite to the brooch pin is a small tongue similar to the fede style brooch.

Ring brooch
with etched lines

Object: Annular ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 13th-15th century
Country/Area of Origin: England. UK.
Material: Bronze.
Size: 17mm diameter
Notes: ex-Winters Collection. Annular ring brooch. Pin broken but also included. Etched lines in 2 triangles on each side of pin.

Ring brooch
with no decoration

Object: Annular ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 14th-15th century
Country/Area of Origin: England. UK.
Material:
Size: 40mm diameter
Notes: Pin complete and moves freely. Tiny traces of gilding. Brooch is entirely undecorated.

Ring brooch
with 5 knobs

Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Norman
Country/Area of Origin: Canterbury, Kent
Material: Bronze
Size: 20mm diameter
Notes: ex-Winters Collection. Found near Canterbury in 1986. Pin complete and working. 5 globule knobs. Brooch is quite thin and likely to have been pressed rather than cast. Traces of reddish brown which may be enamel.

Brooch pin
from ring brooch


Object
: Brooch pin
Culture: Medieval. 13th - 14th century
Country/Area of Origin: UK
Material:
Size: 30mm length
Notes: The plate is gold gilded with 4 large decorative ball rivets. When new it would have sat inside a ring brooch.

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