Amateur metal detectorist unearths an 18-carat gold ring from 1834

Mail Online | 12/31/1969 | Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
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An amateur metal detectorist who stumbled across a gold ring from 1834 plans to reunite it with the owner's great, great, great, great niece.

The 18-carat band is inscribed with the name of Elizabeth Honywood and her date of death on 29th September 1834.

Ring - Husband - Thomas - Honywood - Ring

It is believed the ring was made by her husband, Thomas Honywood, who bought the ring after the passing of his beloved wife.

He is thought to have had the ring designed as an accessory that attaches to his cane so the memory of his betrothed will be by his side at all times.

Ring - Hobbyist - Geoff - Smith - Shingle

The emotive ring was found by hobbyist Geoff Smith, 51, in the shingle of Lancing beach who was scouring the area at night with his headlamp.

Mr Smith has been using his metal detector as a hobby since 2015 and says he found the ring during darkness several weeks ago.

Ring - Cane

It appears the golden ring was fashioned into a top which can be fitted to a walking cane.

But upon closer inspection, Liz Honywood and the date - 29th September 1834 - were still etched deeply into the gold.

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Mr Smith, who lives near the beach, said: 'It was just poking out of the sand.

'I saw it with my headlamp as it was dark. At first i thought it was the bottom end of a lightbulb as it's a memorial ring that's been reshaped to...
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