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This is a nice example of a Tudor posy ring, dating to the 16th or early 17th century. The ring is inscribed "BE TRWE NI HART" misspelt for "BE TREW IN HART". A variant of this inscription is recorded by Joan Evans in the 1596 Harleian manuscript, and there are a number of versions of it in the British Museum, see AF 1213 (Dalton 1912, no. 1132). This is a good example, intact and wearable.
OBJECT: POSY RING
DATE: c. 1550 - 1620
RING SIZE: 5 1/2 (US) L (UK)
SIZE: 19mm x 6mm
WEIGHT: 3.02 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private collection, Gloucestershire