Ring Brooches with stones
or potential settings for stones - 15

Ring brooch
with 3 glass stones

RBWS01

Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval, 14th century
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material: Bronze, blue glass
Size: 23mm diameter
Weight: 1.75g

Notes: 6 collets with decorative line markings in between. 3 blue glass stones remain intact. Wire pin is unbroken and works freely. Wire pin may be a replacement for original based on material and the way the pin is attached with the wire to the front.

Ring brooch
with 2 glass discs
RBWS02

Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 14th-15th century
Country/Area of Origin: UK
Material:
Size: 22mm diameter
Weight: 2.33g

Notes: Metal detector find? The pin is complete and working. Brooch has 8 collets and a fully functional pin. Two flat slices of glass disc are present, one green, one clear. Residue of adhesive is present in 6 collets.

Ring brooch
with 2 glass stones

RBWS03

Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 14th century
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material: bronze, blue glass
Size: 18mm diameter
Weight: 1.26g

Notes: 2 blue glass stones remain, Traces of glue, most likely calcium carbonate paste remain in several of the collets. Pin only partly remains.

Ring brooch
with 11 collets

RBWS04

Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 14th century
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material: Bronze
Size: 33mm diameter
Weight: 5.35g

Notes: Ring brooch with 11 shallow collets which would have held glass stones. Traces of calcium carbonate paste remains in some of the collets. Pin is almost complete with the very tip missing and moves freely. Size and sturdiness of the brooch indicate that it would be suitable for woolen clothing or for use as a cloak pin.

Ring brooch
with 6 collets

RBWS05

Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 14th century
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material:
Size: 27mm diameter
Weight: 1.89g

Notes: Brooch has 6 medium high collects, some with remaining traces of calcium carbonate adhesive which would have held glass stones. Flat, undecorated lobes in between the collets. Pin is absent.

Ring brooch
with 6 collets
RBWS06

Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval 14th century
Country/Area of Origin: UK
Material:
Size: 22mm diameter
Weight: 4.11g

Notes: Brooch has two rows of circular dotted punches between the 6 low collets. Pin is absent. Collets all contain traces of calcium carbonate which would have been used to glue glass tones into the collets.

Ring brooch
with 6 stone collets
RBWS07

Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 14th century
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material:
Size: 22mm diameter
Weight: 2.79g

Notes: Brooch has 2 rows of circular dotted punches between the 6 low collets. Pin is half present. Four of the collets contain calcium carbonate paste which would have glued the glass stones into place.

Ring brooch
with 6 collets
RBWS08

Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 14th century
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material:
Size: 25mm diameter
Weight: 3.96g

Notes: Two rows of circular dotted punches between the 6 low collets. Pin is broken near the brooch body.
All 6 collets have traces of glue remaining which is orange instead of the usual whitish colour. The glue would have held glass stones in place.

Ring brooch
with 8 turrets
RBWS09

Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 13th-14th century
Country/Area of Origin: UK
Material:
Size: 20mm diameter
Weight: 3.07g

Notes: Pin is broken near the brooch body. 8 turretted collets, one with traces of calcium carbonate adhesive. When new this brooch would have had glass stones. There are 8 flat undecorated lobes in between the turrets.

Ring brooch
with 6 turrets
RBWS10

Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 13th-14th century
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material:
Size: 26mm diameter
Weight: 3.86g

Notes: Pin is broken at the brooch join. There are 6 turret collets and 6 flat lobes. One lobe houses the pin and the remaining 5 have dimples in them. It is unclear whether the low dimples were intended to have glass tones set into them, but it is likely due to the lack of traces of any adhesive, that these were merely decorative. The 5 of the 6 high turrets contain traces of calcium carbonate paste which would have been used to glue glass stones to the settings.

 

Ring brooch
with 8 collets
RBWS11

Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 13th-14th century
Country/Area of Origin: Yorkshire, UK.
Material: Bronze.
Size: 25mm diameter
Weight: 3.59g

Notes: The pin is slightly bent but complete and working. 8 large circular collets. Residue of adhesive remians on one collet. The ring between is the collets is plain and undecorated.

Teardop ring brooch
with 6 collets
RDWS12

Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval
Country/Area of Origin: UK.
Material:
Size: 23mm width
Weight: 3.22g

Notes: Tear drop shaped brooch with 6 collets. 2 rows of circular punched decoration between the collets. The pin is absent. The brooch would have has glass stones when new.

Ring brooch
with 6 collets
RBWS13

Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 14th century
Country/Area of Origin: UK
Material:
Size: 20mm width
Weight: 4.24g

Notes: Tear drop shaped with 2 rows of punched circular decoration between the collets. The pin is absent. Traces of calcium carbonate remain in the collets which would have been used as a fixative for glass stones when the brooch was new.

Ring brooch
with 4 lobes
RBWS14

Object: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 1250 - 1400
Country/Area of Origin: UK.

Material: Copper alloy
Size: 35mm diameter
Weight: 3.15g

Notes: The pin is absent. A copper alloy brooch with 4 collets. One of the lobes contains a perforation for a pin which is missing. Each circular lobe contains the remains of a stem which was most likely a mounting as seen in other brooches of a similar design where a pierced pearl is set. The front face contains four circular collets which contain a white substance, most likely remains of an adhesive for glass stones. Almost identical to PAS WILT-06FF33

Ring Brooch
Plate on tongue buckle
with pin setting
RBWS15


Object
: Ring brooch
Culture: Medieval. 13th-14th century
Country/Area of Origin:
Material:
Size: 23mm diameter body, 44mm total length
Weight: 4.6g

Notes: Brooch with large stone setting on the pandant. Pendant is complete and moves freely. It has a raised bezel for a stone and a small triangular point. Stone is absent. Traces of gilding exist. Pin is absent. The body of the brooch is undecorated with two grooves for a possible separate pin and a groove for the pendant. Similar to PAS database item HAMP2980. Described as "The buckle frame is recessed for the cast copper-alloy pin which is circular with a pointed extension which rests on the outer edge of the frame. The circular element of the pin has a circular recess at the centre, which may originally have held a setting, now missing. Traces of thick gilding survive on all surfaces of the frame and pin and on the upper surface of the plate. Red/brown patina.
This is an example of a disc-on-pin buckle, whose use is uncertain as the disc would prevent the pin passing through the hole in the strap. Another example with a surviving plate is SWYOR-C23EA8."https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/33171.

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