This is a delightful Jacobean gold posy ring, dating to the early 17th century. The inside of the band is incribed with "LOVE IS A VERTV". The style of lettering (block capitals) gives us a date of late Tudor - early Stuart (the period of Queen Elizabeth I and King James) See KENT-8BED3B for discussion of the type. Posy rings were given by men and women as an expression of love, worn as a wedding ring or as a means of showing regard and friendship; the inscription on this example indicates this may be a wedding band, and due to the size (internal diameter and width) was probably worn by a lady. It is a nice and early example, in good excavated condition.
OBJECT: Posy Ring
CULTURE: Jacobean (King James Ist period)
DATE: c. 1550 - 1650
RING SIZE: 4 1/2 (US) I 1/2 (UK)
SIZE: 17mm x 3mm
WEIGHT: 1.3 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex-private collection, Essex.
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