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This is a wonderful 17th century gold posy ring, inscribed with "True loves delight doth us unite". The style of the lettering fits with other known examples from the 1660's - 1680's bearing traced makers marks. The ring is likely a provincial piece, being found in Northern England. The size is large, so most likely intended as a gentleman's wedding ring.
Posy rings were fashionable in England during the 17th and 18th century, given as tokens of love or more commonly worn as wedding rings.
This ring is in good excavated condition, with a few scuffs and dints from its time in the ground. The inscription is rather worn inside the band, so would have been worn for at least a lifetime of one happy couple. The ring is suitable to be worn again today.
OBJECT: Posy Ring
DATE: c. 1660 - 1700 A.D.
MATERIAL: Gold 22k
RING SIZE: 8 3/4 (US) R 1/4 (UK)
SIZE: 21.22 x 4.33mm
WEIGHT: 3.60 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. Janssen collection. Dordrecht, Netherlands.