Silver ring found between Wrexham and Whitchurch declared treasure

Published date: 23 May 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A RING and a decorative fitting found on land between Whitchurch and Wrexham have been declared treasure trove.

A decorative fitting from the 16th century was classified as treasure at a coroner’s inquest yesterday. The silver dress hook loop was discovered near the village of Bronington by Derek Bell in 2011.

The fitting is made up of a number of trefoils – three overlapping circles – and a triangular design. The hook loop would have served as half of a clasp on a dress.

A report from Dr Mark Redknapp, of the National Museum of Wales, said the loop contained more than 10 per cent silver, and could be dated to the 16th century.

Also discovered by Mr Bell in the same year at Bronington was a silver ring used by hawk owners to identify their birds.

In a report Dr Mark Redknapp, of the National Museum of Wales, said the hawking ring – also known as a vervel – was believed to date to the 17th century.

The ring, enscribed with ‘Solliry’s of Chester, Esq’ would have been attached to a hawk by a leather strap to help identify the bird’s owner.

At inquests held at Wrexham Guildhall yesterday John Gittins, coroner for North Wales East and Central, declared the fitting could be classed as treasure and, because its 96 per cent silver content and age, so to could the ring.

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