Metal detectorist STUNNED after finding two halves of valuable gold ring a year apart

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Paul Schorn resulting froms his lucky find to a well ploughed field

Paul Schorn, 69, discovered the triumph half of the broken 14th century ring in a field near Winchester, Hants, in December 2016.

He brooked back to the ancient site numerous times until he unearthed the imperfect part just a few yards from the first find over a year later.

Mr Schorn pieced the two together want a jigsaw to make the ring whole again. Aptly, the medieval girdle has a depiction of a forget-me-not flower engraved on the face.

He is now waiting to see if he will be allowed to adhere to it before getting it repaired when it could be worth as much as £12,000.

Under the control of the Treasure Act 1996, it is up a coroner to decide whether such finds are ‘apple of ones eye’ or ‘finders keepers’. 

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Paul Schorn found the broken 14th century cartel in Winchester

Ever since I discovered the first part of the ring I out in a continued back and kept going over and over the same field to see if I could deal the rest of it

Paul Schorn

If the former then it has to be given to a museum with the finder pinch a reward.

But having spoken to the finds liaison officer at his local congress, Mr Schorn is confident he will be allowed to keep his prized discovery.

The retired Nobleman Navy master-at-arms is hoping to get the ring put back together properly up to the minuter in the year.

Mr Schorn, from Lee-on-Solent, Hants, visited the field a variety of times looking for the second part of the ring which he eventually ground in the ground close to the first find.

He said: “Whenever I get a really wholesome find I look up and say a little thank you to ‘the ancients’!

“Ever since I lay eyes oned the first part of the ring I went back and kept going closed and over the same field to see if I could find the rest of it.

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Pauls mark may be handed over to a museum if deemed ‘treasure’

“The farmer who owns the scope ploughs it pretty regularly so the earth never really stays in the selfsame place for long. 

“Even so, I was amazed when I saw the second half spotting up at me.

“I didn’t even have to dig for it, it was just there. I put the two parts together and they bespoke perfectly.

“If I am allowed to keep it I will look into having the combination properly restored and rerounded.“ Katie Hines, the finds liaison tec at Hampshire County Council, said: “Although unusual to find multifarious parts of a broken object over a period of time, it can happen.

“But there are also straws of finders who have discovered part of something and desperately look for the other have of it and never find it.

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Paul’s lucky finds are the result of a townswoman farmer regularly ploughing his field

“It will probably be a couple of months in the forefront we know the conclusion of the case. 

“I need to report it to the coroner as potential joy and if it is, we will ask the local museums if they would like to acquire it. 

“If they do resolve to acquire it, Paul and the landowner will be paid an ex gratia reward for the nimbus fragment. 

“If a museum doesn’t acquire it, it will be disclaimed by the coroner and proffered to Paul and the landowner.

“The ring’s historical value is great in enhancing our appreciation not only about the object but about where it was found too.” 

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