Two rings created as presents for the daughters of a Totnes merchant in the seventeenth century have been reunited after 400 years apart.
The Lee Rings, which take their name from Richard Lee, a local trader, were given to him as a thank you gift for building a market in the town. One of the rings has been on display at Totnes' Elizabethan House museum since it opened in 1962 but the whereabouts of the other one was a mystery until former HTV presenter Richard Wyatt began a bit of detective work. The former ITV news man, who until recently lived in Totnes, circulated pictures of the ring to other museums including the Victoria and Albert in London. To his surprise its curator Rachel Church responded saying the other ring was part of it's collection and had been on display there since 1968.
Now both rings are to go on display at the Elizabethan House Museum in Totnes.
The timing couldn't be better for the museum which is celebrating its fiftieth birthday this year.
Both rings will now take pride of place when the museum reopens next week.