Bloke finds ‘sweet wrapper’ in mud that turns out to be £38k medieval ring

A metal detectorist who thought he had found a sweet wrapper ended up discovering it was a gold and diamond medieval wedding ring – which later sold for £38,000.

David Board, 69, uncovered the ring on Bowling Green, Dorset, while searching for finds on his friend's farm, which was once owned by Sir Thomas Brook in the 14th century.

The retired lorry driver will split the money made at the Noonans auction in London with his friend after getting the ring back from the British Museum this year.

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The pair watched as Mr Board made a small fortune while sitting in his local pub the Lamb Inn in Axminster, Devon.

Mr Board said the 14th century ring was buried 5ins down, adding: "I am amazed it sold for so much. I'm well happy.

"I usually drink a pint of mild but may have to upgrade to Champagne now!

"I'm a bit of a pessimist and didn't think it would sell but am really pleased that it did," going on to say: '"My partner's daughter is buying a house and needs a loft conversion so I will probably put some of the money towards that."

The land where the ring was found belonged to Sir Thomas, who was the largest landowner in Somerset, served 13 times as an MP and married a rich widow, Lady Joan Brook, in 1388.

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The ring is made up of two entwined bands and bears an inscription in Medieval French "ieo vos tien foi tenes le moy" which translates to "as I hold your faith, hold mine", and was a wedding ring given by Sir Thomas to his wife Lady Joan Brook.

Noonans consultant Nigel Mills said: "The ring is in almost perfect condition and has an inverted diamond set into the raised bezel so that it comes to a point.

"This was a great result for this beautiful ring, which had a wonderful aura about it, which made you not want to give it back when you held it

"The ring was found on an old bowling green and Nigel said that Lady Brook could have lost it while playing an early form of croquet there."


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