Silver century vervel or hawking ring. The shield features the arms of the London Co of Blacksmiths and Spurriers. Instead of being worn on a human finger it was worn around the hawk's leg for identification of its owner.
Miniature of a pair of men using hawks to hunt ducks. "Bestiary, with extracts from Giraldus Cambrensis on Irish birds", Harley folio south England (Salisbury), second quarter of the century. Located in The British Library.
The silver gilt vervel features both the royal coat of arms and Charles Brandon's. The "rare" Century "royal" silver vervel found in a Norfolk field has revealed the hunting habits of Charles Brandon, the first duke of Suffolk.