This is a splendid Jacobean gold posy ring, dating to the early 17th century. the band is inscribed "A f(g)reat neede, doth gould exceede". The style of lettering gives us a date of late Tudor - early Stuart, confirmed also by the outer enameled band (with a dash and dot motif). The inscription has an error to the 'g' of great, cut with a letter 'f'. Inside of the ring bears a makers mark of 'TC' or 'IC' within a rectangular punch (as yet unattributed), likely a London goldsmith.
The ring has an expert repair the band, where the previous join had failed. Such a ring would have been worn as a wedding band, as the English custom. This will make for a unique and historic wedding ring today!
OBJECT: POSY RING
CULTURE: JACOBEAN (King James Ist period)
DATE: c. 1600 - 1620
MATERIAL: GOLD 22k +/-
RING SIZE: 5 (US) J 1/2 (UK)
SIZE: 18.16mm x 3.02mm
WEIGHT: 1.16 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex C. Verney collection, Ex. private Nottingham collection.
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