A medieval ring discovered by a metal detectorist in southwest England is set to go up for auction. It’s estimated that it will be sold for between £30,000-40,000.
Known as ‘The Lady Brook Medieval diamond ring,’ it was discovered by David Board in 2019 as he searched in a farm area near Thorncombe in the county of Dorset. Based on the location of the find, it is believed that it was once the property of the family of Sir Thomas Brook (c.1355-1418), a wealthy landowner. Due to the exceptionally fine quality of this ring, it was, quite possibly, the wedding ring given by Sir Thomas Brook to his wife Lady Joan Brook for their marriage in 1388.
“This ring is in almost perfect condition and has an inverted diamond set into the raised bezel so that it comes to a point,” explains Nigel Mills, Consultant at Noonans, an auction house based in London. “The hoop is composed of two neatly entwined bands symbolising the union of the couple. Inside the band is an inscription in French ‘ieo vos tien foi tenes le moy’ (translating as ‘I hold your faith, hold mine’).”
Noonans will be holding an auction for the ring on Tuesday, November 29th. For more details, please visit their website.