These little rings are extremely popular with antiquity collectors - a bronze Medieval Archer's Ring dating between 11th and 15th centuries A.D.
Decorated with hatched lines and two lateral pads to the shanks, the ring has a much-extended triangular section which would have protected the archer's thumb on release of the bowstring - and with medieval longbows having a draw weight of almost three times that of modern hunting bows (or around 160-170lbs), that protection was probably needed!
The English longbow dominated the European battlefields for centuries. It took a lifetime to become proficient in the use of the longbow, to the extent that skeletons of medieval yeomen (who used the weapon) often display twisted spines and signs of massive forearm musculature.
Internal diameter is 21.85mm x 17.03mm which equates to a British ring size O, USA size 7.
MEDIEVAL ARCHER'S THUMB-RING
Acquired by Timeless of the UK Antiquities Market, 2019, previously in the collection of a London gentleman