Identification - Terret Ring

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Identification - Terret Ring

Post by David Hesketh » Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:21 pm

Hi Everyone
I have found this Bronze ring. It is 27mm diameter with an inside diameter of 20mm.
I think it is a Ter
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ret ring. Can anyone please confirm?
Many thanks.
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Re: Identification - Terret Ring

Post by alloverover » Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:39 pm

Not a Terret David, a bronze ring it is though, could of been for many things mate ::g

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Re: Identification - Terret Ring

Post by thefiggis » Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:54 pm

As allover says, these rings have been attributed as many things, usually horse harness-related.

But there's a cracking article in this month's TH magazine which uses a closeup from a Bruegel painting (16th C) to clearly show that peasant belts not only consisted of strips of leather held together by metal rings (thought to be 6 in number per belt) but also had smaller rings suspended from them on which to hang various items.

Another possible use to add to the list!
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Re: Identification - Terret Ring

Post by klondyke » Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:55 pm

Hi David found one of these myself same dimensions, can any body give an approx age to these?
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Re: Identification - Terret Ring

Post by Oxgirl36 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:43 pm

klondyke wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:55 pm
Hi David found one of these myself same dimensions, can any body give an approx age to these?
Sadly they are hard to date :(
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Post by klondyke » Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:06 am

Thanks oxgirl
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Re: Identification - Terret Ring

Post by David Hesketh » Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:05 am

Hi Everyone
There is no agreement what the Bronze ring actually is, so I will get the local FLO to give her opinion.

I think she is coming to visit next month. I will keep you all informed and mant thanks for your support.

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Re: Identification - Terret Ring

Post by f8met » Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:23 am

Could be a buckle missing its pin. I have a similar type and there are some in the Egan book on medieval dress accessories.
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Re: Identification - Terret Ring

Post by Lowland » Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:04 am

Hi
As bronze rings go ,to me it looks to have some good age to it
Compared to many I’ve looked at online at stupid times of the day.
If you don’t mind me asking-what other finds have been surfacing?
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Re: Identification - Terret Ring

Post by David Hesketh » Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:40 pm

Hi Lowland
This was the only thing I found on the farmers field apart from rubbish!
Many thanks for your reply.
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Re: Identification - Terret Ring

Post by David Hesketh » Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:04 pm

Hi Everyone
FLO is not coming until November, so I will give an update on the Bronze ring when I have seen her.
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Re: Identification - Terret Ring

Post by David Hesketh » Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:59 pm

Hi Everyone
I gave the Bronze ring to our FLO and she like the rest of us is unsure about its origin.
She has taken it back to York and will get back to me shortly. When she does I will report back.
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Re: Identification - Terret Ring

Post by Buriedbytime&dust » Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:43 pm

Normally generically termed "harness rings", they're a pretty common detecting find.

Their exact use isn't always certain, but they're a step up from a ringpull :)

On eBay they're sometimes listed as Ring Money! :-O

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Re: Identification - Terret Ring

Post by HolzHammer » Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:48 pm

David Hesketh wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:59 pm
Hi Everyone
I gave the Bronze ring to our FLO and she like the rest of us is unsure about its origin.
She has taken it back to York and will get back to me shortly. When she does I will report back.
Regards
David
At least she took it... my FLO wouldn't even take a second glance at a carefully selected bunch of my more interesting bronze rings....ha!

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Re: Identification - Terret Ring

Post by Buriedbytime&dust » Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:52 pm

HolzHammer wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:48 pm
At least she took it... my FLO wouldn't even take a second glance at a carefully selected bunch of my more interesting bronze rings....ha!
Our FLO tends to swat them aside in disgust too...

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Re: Identification - Terret Ring

Post by HolzHammer » Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:53 pm

mind you ... it looks to be thinner/finer at one section and thicker at its opposite? Or is it an Optical illusion?
That might make it more interesting...

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Re: Identification - Terret Ring

Post by David Hesketh » Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:30 pm

Hi Everyone
The FLO has finally got back to me and the news is not good
The age and function of the ring cannot be verified. There are others like it on the system at York but they are all the same. The age and function is down to speculation.
Sorry the news is not better.
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Re: Identification - Terret Ring

Post by fred » Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:40 pm

David Hesketh wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:30 pm
Hi Everyone
The FLO has finally got back to me and the news is not good
The age and function of the ring cannot be verified. There are others like it on the system at York but they are all the same. The age and function is down to speculation.
Sorry the news is not better.
Regards
David
At least you tried. Better safe than sorry. ::g

If it really looks like the photo I wouldn't be at all surprised if it was actually an Iron Age terret ring, it certainly doesn't look much like a bog standard strap junction ring anyway. I didn't feel able to comment on this one though because the single photo really wasn't enough to do a confident ID from. :D
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