This is a wonderful Elizabethan gold posy ring, dating to the late 16th - early 17th century. The inside of the band is incribed with "ALL FOR LOVE". The style of lettering (block capitals) gives us a date of late Tudor - early Stuart (the period of Queen Elizabeth I and King James)
The outer band is decorated with a geometric design, possibly once enamelled. This ring was discovered with a metal detector in the Malverns, Stanford with Orleton. Recorded and disclaimed as treasure WAW-4CC20E.
Posy rings were used as love tokens, with the inscription remaining secret to all but the wearer. This inscription is recorded by Dame Joan Evans as appearing on a ring in her father's collection (pg. 17).
The British Museum holds a number of posy rings with geometric decoration on the exterior, with most having a continuous pattern of circles and crosses similar to this example. See for example 1856,0701.2706; 1961, AF.1216; and AF.1313 all dating to the 16th-17th century.
This is an excellent example in very good condition
OBJECT: Posy Ring
CULTURE: Elizabethan (Queen Elizabeth Ist period)
DATE: c. 1550 - 1620 A.D.
RING SIZE: 5 (US) J 1/2 (UK)
SIZE: 16.98mm x 2.63mm
WEIGHT: 1.23 grams
PROVENANCE: Found near Stanford with Orleton, Malverns. Worcestershire WAW-4CC20E
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