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Ring brooch

Ring brooch

  • Place of origin:

    England (possibly, made)
    France (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1400-1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, enamel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Joan Evans

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Ring brooch, gold, made from sheet and filled with pitch (the pitch is visible where the engraving breaks the surface), engraved and enamelled. Traces of a reddish-brown enamel on both the obverse and the reverse; traces of paraffin wax consolidant.

Place of Origin

England (possibly, made)
France (possibly, made)


1400-1500 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gold, enamel

Marks and inscriptions

Engraved on the obverse with the inscription in French:
'canc*d/epaer/ tir' [Modern French, 'sans departir']

'Without being parted''
In French, in black letter, on the obverse

The reverse is engraved with a wreath of bows and pine sprigs.


Diameter: 2.8 cm

Descriptive line

Ring brooch, gold, with black letter inscription, English or French, 1400-1500

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lightbown, Ronald. Medieval European Jewellery: with a catalogue of the collection in the Victoria & Albert Museum. London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1992.
Campbell, Marian. Medieval Jewellery in Europe 1100-1500. London, V&A Publishing, 2009. ISBN 9781851775828
Page, Sophie and Wallace, Marina Spellbound: magic, ritual and witchcraft, Ashmolean, 2018, p.61 (note - caption refers to M.49-1975)


Gold; Enamel



Subjects depicted

Quatrefoil; Rosette; Scroll; Lozenge


Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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