17th century gold ring found in Staffordshire

A rare 17th century gold ring found with a metal detector is set to be snapped by Stoke-on-Trent’s biggest museum.

The mourning ring was unearthed underneath some brambles in the Newcastle area in June 2010.

It has been declared treasure and is currently being stored at The British Museum, in London.

But it is understood that The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, in Hanley, is bidding to bring the antique back to North Staffordshire.

17th century gold ring found in Staffordshire

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Tragic tale behind 18th century ring found in a Shropshire field

The tragic story behind a beautiful ring discovered in a field in Shropshire has been revealed by metal detectorist Tony Baker.

Mr Baker found the gold ring while out metal detecting in a field near Bridgnorth in 2005. Inscribed on the ring were the names Mary and Sarah Littleton and the date June 7, 1735.

He did his own research and discovered that the ring, which has a rock crystal, was made by Thomas Littleton in memory of his wife Mary and their child Sarah, who had died in childbirth.

Mr Baker, 66, will tell the tale of the ring on ITV’s Britain’s Secret Treasures on an episode due to be screened on October 31.

Tragic tale behind 18th century ring found in a Shropshire field