Small ring from this morning

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Small ring from this morning

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Found this here fellow this morning within feet of a small hammy. It's a child's ring - only 13.5mm across the outer diameter. The pattern around the outside is of elongated triangles and it appears to have a join - although there is no evidence of this join on the inner surface.

The outer edges are fairly well nibbled away as you can see. I'm most curious about the material. Initially I thought it was copper alloy of some sort, but it definitely has a deep grey look to it. It doesn't look or feel like silver though - and would the nibbled edges indicate a material that's more brittle than silver, like pewter?

Any clues as to age or any other insight most appreciated. Found at a depth of six inches on an area where the top ten inches had been removed by machine. Using a Deus running Ultimate at 25k. Numbers were all over the place, from 28 to 78, and the sound had all the character of a rusty nail, which is what I thought it was going to be.

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Thanks SQ

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Re: Small ring from this morning

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You can see the casting marks on the inside too, which is typical of lead or pewter, so I'd say that pewter is a pretty fair guess. The 'join' on the outside may be where the metal was poured into the mould. ::g

Such a quality item may have been from a lucky bag or Christmas cracker or might not even be a wearing ring at all. I don't think that it is older than Victorian and it might actually be quite recent. :D
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Re: Small ring from this morning

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Hi its probably white metal alloy off some sort its gold silver metal brass copper bronze stands up to corrosion better

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Re: Small ring from this morning

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looks like the band from the centre of a vintage propelling pencil

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Re: Small ring from this morning

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Koala wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:36 pm
looks like the band from the centre of a vintage propelling pencil
I'll go with that ,it has a very small diameter for a ring.

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Re: Small ring from this morning

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Have to say I hadn't considered that but it's a distinct possibility. Ah well.

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