This is a good Jacobean silver-gilt posy ring, dating to the early 17th century. The inside of the band is inscribed with "TIL DEATH NO CHANG". 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, with the sentiment referring to the 'love' of the giver "never to change until death".
OBJECT: Posy Ring
CULTURE: Jacobean (King James VI & I period)
DATE: c. 1580 - 1620
RING SIZE: 8 1/2 (US) Q 3/4 (UK)
SIZE: 22mm x 6mm
WEIGHT: 4.73 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex-private collection, Yorkshire.
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