It is currently Mon May 21, 2018 10:21 am

All times are UTC


Link to DMC Logos Web Site



 Page 1 of 1 [ 4 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Two Halfs of Ring found by man a year apart
PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:48 pm 
Registered User
User avatar

Joined: Fri Feb 11, 2005 4:46 pm
Posts: 775
Images: 2
Location: Abertysswg GWENT
Main Detector: SE MINELAB
By Joe Pinkstone Published: 14:12, 12 February 2018 | Updated: 14:55, 12 February 2018


A metal detectorist has spoken of his shock after discovering two halves of the same valuable gold ring - a year apart.

Pensioner Paul Schorn, 69, discovered the first half of the broken 14th century ring in a field near Winchester in England, in December 2016.

He went back to the ancient site numerous times until he unearthed the second part just a few yards from the first find over a year later.

Paul Schorn, 69, from Lee-on-Solent found the second fragment of the 600-year-old ring (pictured, bottom) in almost the exact same spot in a field. He found the first part (pictured, top) with the three petals in the same Winchester field in December 2016

Mr Schorn pieced the two together like a jigsaw to make the ring whole again.


Under the Treasure Act 1996, it is up to a coroner to decide whether such finds are 'treasure' or 'finders keepers'.


If the coroner deems the find to be 'treasure', then it will have to be handed over to a museum and the finder will get a reward.

Having spoken to the finds liaison officer at his local council, the treasure hunter is confident he will be allowed to keep his prized discovery.

The retired Royal Navy master-at-arms is hoping to get the ring put back together properly later in the year.

'Ever since I discovered the first part of the ring I went back and kept going over and over the same field to see if I could find the rest of it.

Aptly, the medieval ring has a depiction of a forget-me-not flower engraved on the face. Mr Schorn, from Lee-on-Solent, hopes to keep the ring and get it repaired. Once fixed, the find could be worth up to £12,000 ($16,600)

'I was amazed when I saw the second half pointing up at me.

'I didn't even have to dig for it, it was just there. I put the two parts together and they fitted perfectly.

'If I am allowed to keep it I will look into having the ring properly restored and rerounded,' said Mr Schorn.

The amateur metal detector visited the field several times looking for the second part of the ring which he eventually found in the ground close to the first find, in Winchester.


Winchester was the capital city of England up until the successful invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066, at which point the capital city moved to London.

Although the city was no longer the head of the nation, it still played an important role in the country as a prominent city throughout the Dark Ages.

The city would have been home to several powerful and successful people of the time, one of which likely owned the ring.

Katie Hines, the finds liaison officer at Hampshire County Council, said: 'Although unusual to find different parts of a broken object over a period of time, it can happen.

'But there are also lots of finders who have discovered part of something and desperately look for the other part of it and never find it.

'It will probably be a couple of months before we know the conclusion of the case. I need to report it to the coroner as potential treasure and if it is, we will ask the local museums if they would like to acquire it.


Paul Schorn, originally from Lee-on-Solent on the English South coast, found the first half on the 14th Century ring in a Winchester field in December 2016. The retired Royal Navy master-at-arms is hoping to get the ring put back together properly later in the year

Katie Hines, the finds liaison officer at Hampshire County Council, said: 'Although unusual to find different parts of a broken object over a period of time, it can happen.' Shown here is the ring places back together

'If they do decide to acquire it, Paul and the landowner will be paid an ex gratia reward for the ring fragment.

'If a museum doesn't acquire it, it will be disclaimed by the coroner and returned to Paul and the landowner.

'The ring's historical value is great in enhancing our knowledge not only about the object but about where it was found too.'


Attachments:
64DF572E-0B3C-4886-823B-798F8045E39F-1513-000000C88BC3D028.jpeg
64DF572E-0B3C-4886-823B-798F8045E39F-1513-000000C88BC3D028.jpeg [ 54.08 KiB | Viewed 412 times ]

_________________
got XS minelab & explorer2
Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Two Halfs of Ring found by man a year apart
PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:27 pm 
Registered User
User avatar

Joined: Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:07 pm
Posts: 415
Location: East Anglia
Main Detector: XP Deus
:g50: Great story of perseverance and determination ...

I liked this Quote: 'If a museum doesn't acquire it, it will be disclaimed by the coroner and returned to Paul and the landowner.

If it is returned, I guess they could really share their two piece ring 50% each :g49:

:g38: Its good to read he wants to restore it ...


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Two Halfs of Ring found by man a year apart
PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:22 pm 
Finds Advisor & Moderator
Finds Advisor & Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Tue Oct 07, 2014 2:08 pm
Posts: 6089
Location: East Devon
Main Detector: XP Deus
Yes I also saw this story in one of the detecting mags too - very lucky to find both halves :g50:



_________________
Starship Deus.......To boldly go.....
Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Two Halfs of Ring found by man a year apart
PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:37 pm 
UKDN Diamond Supporter and UKDN Magazine Contributor
UKDN Diamond Supporter and UKDN Magazine Contributor
User avatar

Joined: Wed May 28, 2003 9:38 pm
Posts: 5187
Location: Bristol UK
Main Detector: XP Deus.
Thats about as good as it gets.

I have seen 2 parts of a hallmarked silver spoon come out 2 seasons apart and later fused together again.

Certainly not seen a gold item paired up again.

Happy Hunting,

Jerry.



_________________
WHRADA Member.
NCMD member WR.
Offline
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
 Page 1 of 1 [ 4 posts ] 

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 8 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

cron
phpBB skin developed by: John Olson
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group
Portal by phpBB3 Portal © phpBB Türkiye