Ring with links to King Charles II sells for £17,000

Ring with links to King Charles II sells for £17,000

September 10, 2019 By mediabest

17th Century ring with links to King Charles II which was found on the banks of Loch Lomond by a metal detectorist sells for £17,000

  • School teacher found a rare signet ring while metal detecting while on holiday 
  • Michelle Vall found ring belonging to Edward Colman who worked for Charles II
  • Colman was hung, drawn and quartered for treason in a fake plot to kill the King
  • Ms Vall sold the ring she found in Loch Lomond, Scotland for £17,000 at auction

Mrs Vall, a school teacher from Blackpool, Lancashire, found the ring on the banks of Loch Lomond in Scotland while on holiday with her husband, Tony

A gold ring belonging to a man who worked for King Charles II has been sold for £17,000. 

The signet ring was discovered in six inches of soil by school teacher Michelle Vall when she was on holiday in Loch Lomond, Scotland.

The ring belonged to Edward Colman, who was a courtier to King Charles II before he was hung, drawn and quartered in 1678 for treason.

He was implemented in the Popish Plot – a fictitious Catholic conspiracy to assassinate Charles. 

It is believed the ring originally belonged to Colman’s grandfather Samuel, who lived in Norfolk between 1569 and 1653, and was handed down through the family.

The ring, that bears the grand-looking coat of arms of the Colman family, was declared by Mrs Vall to a treasure trove finds liaison officer.


History: The Colman seal ring (right) is an excellent example of a high status ring of the period of which there are only a very limited number, plus the Coleman coat of arms (left)

As no museum came forward to acquire it, the item was given back to the 53-year-old as ‘finders keepers’.

Ms Vall has now sold the ring at auction for £17,000.

Mrs Vall, a school teacher from Blackpool, Lancashire, found the ring on the banks of Loch Lomond in Scotland while holiday with her husband, Tony.

Chance discovery while holidaying with her husband: The signet ring was discovered in six inches of soil by treasure hunter Michelle Vall in Scotland, two years ago

She said: ‘Uncovering the ring was an unforeseen event as myself and husband were detecting on a field with no particular history of finds in the area.

‘The ring was only six inches underground. I knew straight away that it was something special although obviously I didn’t know exactly what it was. 

‘To find gold is rare for us detectorists and I even did a little dance to celebrate. It was a very exciting moment and you just don’t expect to find something so special.’

She added: ‘The history of the ring is really interesting and it’s been a really amazing find.’ 

As no museum came forward to acquire it, the item was given back to the 53-year-old as ‘finders keepers’. Ms Vall then sold the ring at auction for £17,000

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