Jacobean silver-gilt posy ring

Jacobean silver-gilt posy ring "NEVER TO CHANGE"

Code: 10859

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This is a wonderful Jacobean silver-gilt posy ring, dating to the late 16th - early 17th century. The outer band is decorated with a chequerboard pattern, whilst the inside is inscribed "NEVER TO CHANGE". The style of lettering (Roman capitals) gives us a date of late Tudor - early Stuart (the period of Queen Elizabeth I and King James). The inscription relates to the giver's love (never to change). Originally both the inscription and outer band would have been set with enamel. A fragment of a similar ring is recorded as PAS-8DAF04, with two gold examples PAS-381372 and LEIC-1E4CF4. This ring has survived intact and in a worn (antique) condition, missing much of the original enamel. A great looking early ring

OBJECT: Posy Ring

CULTURE:  Jacobean (King James Ist period)

DATE: c. 1550 - 1650

MATERIAL: Silver-gilt

RING SIZE:    7 1/2  (US)     P  (UK)

SIZE: 19mm x 4mm

WEIGHT 1.33 grams

PROVENANCE:  Ex-private collection, Mayfair