A Note on Four Silver Spoons and a Fillet of Gold found in The Nunnery at Iona; and on a Finger-ring, part of a Fillet, and a fragment of Wire, all of Gold, found in St Ronnan's Chapel, The Nunnery, Iona
Stone, Silver Spoons
Medieval, Thirteenth Century
Four silver spoons and a fillet of gold were discovered underneath a stone at the west corner of the base of the south respond of the chancel arch. Fragments of a coarse woven fabric of linen adhering to the outer surface of one of the spoons indicated that they had been wrapped up in a cloth before being deposited in the ground. One of the spoons is different from the others in terms of its decoration. The fillet is of beaten decorated gold. The second discovery comprised a finger-ring, a large and a small portion of another fillet, and a small fragment of wire, all of gold. These objects were closely associated, inasmuch as the portion of the fillet was found folded up within the circumference of the ring, and kept in position by the fragment of wire used to wedge it in. An argument for a medieval date is advanced.