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Very Rare 17th C. Antique Poesy Ring


Roman or Lombardic capital letters in Norman French were used during the 13th and 14th century, although some have been found well after that date. Black enamel in the engraving was favored through the 17th century and into the early to mid 18th with those later rings often being rounder in profile. Afterwards the profile again flattened out and the poesy inscribed in italicized script.

Adding to the history and mystery, this wide and august 18k yellow gold poesy ring was excavated from the earth in the United Kingdom. Engraved to the interior in Roman capital letters is “be faithful and loving”. Very rare and even more remarkable, is that the original black enamel still remains intact within parts of the poesy.

+ Measurements, Condition & More

Measurements: 1/4 of an inch (0.6 cm) in length north to south on the hand. Weight of 6.9 grams (4.4 dwt).

Ring Size: US 8 (P-1/2; Int. Dia. 18; Euro 57.5 mm; Japan 16) and can be sized down with limits given the inner poesy or by inserts. Contact us for more details.

Condition: Excellent for its age and type. Outer scratches and tiny dings consistent with an unearthed object.

Date & Origin: 17th century and is English in origin.

Note: Dame Joan Evans, a noted jewelry and art historian authored a book which catalogued hundreds of poesies spanning the centuries.

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