This is a wonderful gold and enamel posy ring, inscribed inside the band with "I present the absent". The style of lettering gives us a date of the early 17th century, confirmed also by the makers mark goldsmith "WS" (linked) possibly for a Walter Shute (a London Goldsmith who was working 1627-1628). The outer band is decorated with a pair of clasped hands with long cuffs, holding a heart pierced by an arrow, either side is forget-me-nots, vegetative floral design, next to a pair of love birds (in white enamel) each side of a pair of joined hearts. The inscription on this ring is recorded on a posy (Evans 1931, 62). This is a fabulous posy ring, of the type gifted by friends and lovers. The inscription would suggest the ring acted in place of the giver (who was far far away either as a merchant or an officer) gifted the ring either as a betrothal or as a promise ring.
OBJECT: Posy Ring
DATE: c. 1620 - 1640
MATERIAL: GOLD 22k +/-
RING SIZE: 5 1/2 (US) L (UK)
SIZE: 18.22mm x 3.42mm
WEIGHT: 2.26 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a Private Collection, Wiltshire.
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