Ring found in Knaresborough declared treasure

First published in Harrogate & Ripon news

A silver ring found in Knaresborough has been officially declared as treasure.

The 17th century hawk ring, or vervel, was discovered by metal detector Jeff Warden in September this year at a location in the town which the court would not reveal.

The ring, which was described flat and circular, is believed to date back to the period between 1600 and 1646, an inquest at Harrogate Magistrates' Court heard.

Coroner Rob Turnbull said the ring had been inscribed with italic symbols including asterisks and stars and the name William Sheffield.

The ring has not yet been valued but was declared treasure as it is more than 300 years old and more than ten per cent precious metal.

Harrogate Royal Pump Room Museum has shown an interest in buying the ring, which will be valued at a later date.

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