I recently found my first gold ring whilst metal detecting on a beach in Sussex, South East England. I’ve reported it to the local police as “found property” so hopefully, it will be reunited with its owner although, despite its good condition, it could have been on the beach for years. In the meantime, I have been trying to identify the hallmarks.
It's just my luck that they are unusual and I've tried extensively to identify both the maker and the Assay Office but, without success. All I know is that it's not a UK hallmark.
The ring is an 18 carat plain "D" profile wedding band measuring 5.5mm diameter x 18.5mm ID and weighing 4.6 grams.
The maker/sponsor is E.T. followed by a plain cross that looks like a large + sign. I don't think it came from outer space though:) The year letter is a serif capital “L”.
Not finding the makers mark wouldn't be too bad but the Assay office mark is not very clear. I have tried many different ways to improve the clarity of the photo but this is the best it gets. The shape is similar to a bloated, reversed Y", but it’s not symmetrical. The closest mark I've seen is a French cockerel but I'm not convinced. Without the Assay Office, I can’t tell the date.
I would be very grateful if anyone could help me pin it down.