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|Strange Little Ring.Find.|
I didn't test this to find out if it might be silver. Could be, but who cares?
This is a twisted wire ring with a three beads. Doesn't look old, or does it? Doesn't look like it could possibly come from an old shipwreck.
You might be surprised to learn that twisted wire rings have been found by archaeologists at Florida Spanish colonial sites. The two shown below are documented in Kathleen Deagan's book on Spanish colonial artifacts.
|Four Rings Found at Spanish Colonial Archaeological Sties.|
The one at the top left is made of glass. The one at top right is made of jet. The two below are copper alloy.
There were tons of beads, glass, jet and other less expensive items shipped to the New World.
Not every old item that comes from a shipwreck beach will look like treasure. It might or might not be pretty. It might or might not be valuable. And it certainly might not be easy to date or identify.
I once found a gold enameled ring on a shipwreck beach and didn't think it was old simply because I didn't know they did enameling that long ago. They do. That is just one example.
Don't be too hasty to disregard things just because they don't look like you think they should, and it is always my advice to keep things until you can definitely determine that they are of no interest to you. I've held things for decades before finally learning to identify or appreciate them.
The surf is still small on the Treasure Coast but will increase slightly to a peak of about three or four feet on Friday.