This is a wonderful bronze posy ring, dating to the 16th - 17th century. the band is inscribed in Roman capitals "I LIKE MY CHOIS". The style of lettering gives us a date of late Tudor - early Stuart era. Oman (1974, pg 41) suggests that italic inscriptions generally replaced those of Roman capitals in the second quarter of the 17th century but are often found on Tudor examples from the 1550's - 1625.
The practice of giving rings engraved with mottoes at betrothals or weddings was common in England from the sixteenth century and continued until the late eighteenth century. Posy rings could, however, be given on many other occasions as a token of friendship or loyalty. Posy rings could also contain religious and memorial inscriptions. The inscription is generally found on the interior of the ring, hidden to everyone except the wearer and most of the sentimental mottoes were taken from the popular literature of the time.
OBJECT: POSY RING
DATE: c. 1550 - 1625
RING SIZE: 8 3/4 (US) R 1/4 (UK)
SIZE: 23mm x 6mm
WEIGHT: 4.8 grams
PROVENANCE: Discovered near Eastbourne in Sussex
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