Elizabethan Gold Posy Ring "As loyal as loving"
This is a wonderful and very rare Tudor (Elizabethan) gold posy ring, inscribed inside the band "As loyall as louing". The style of lettering gives us a date of the latter 16th century, confirmed also by the enameled band (typical of the fashionable tastes of Queen Elizabeth's court). The ring bears a makers mark of two 'i''s in a shield-shaped punch (as yet unattributed), likely a London goldsmith.
This ring has a connection with the Verney & Anderson families of Pendley Manor in Hertfordshire.
The ring is in excellent condition, though has lost the white enamel from the band (traces of which remain). Such a ring would have been worn as a wedding band, as was the English custom. This will make for a unique and historic wedding ring today!
OBJECT: POSY RING
CULTURE: TUDOR (Elizabethan)
DATE: c. 1560 - 1610
MATERIAL: GOLD 22k +/-
RING SIZE: 5 1/2 (US) L (UK)
SIZE: 18.16mm x 3.02mm
WEIGHT: 1.75 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex-private collection, Kansas, USA. Originally found in Hertfordshire, England. 1960's. details supplied.