Antique Poesy Ring: "A Token of Love"
Own a piece of English jewelry history!
This high carat yellow gold poesy ring (22k or higher) was discovered in Great Britain using the technology of a metal detector. Excavated from the ground, as are many of these posy rings, this 4 mm wide ring is engraved to the interior with the expression “A token of love”.
Inscribed in a font which appears as though the posie were written using a quill pen and ink, the quaint saying is accompanied by a hallmark of “GG” or “CC” – possibly referencing Christopher Canner, a goldsmith working in London in the earlier part of the 18th century. A reference in “Jackson’s Silver & Gold Marks” edited by Pickford notes a similar hallmark found on an item circa 1720.
Date: Late 17th or 18th century.
Measurements: 1/8 of an inch (0.4 cm) in length north to south on the hand and rises 1/16 of an inch (0.2 cm) in height off the finger. Weight of 2.3 grams (1.5 dwt).
Ring Size: US 6-1/2 (UK M-1/2; Euro or Int. Circum. 53.1 mm; Int. Dia. 16.9 mm; Japan 13). Please contact us directly regarding ring sizing. Ring sizing information.
Hallmarks: CC or GG.
Condition: Excavated with some slight irregularities consistent with age and being found in the ground. We have left this as is but we are happy to polish this for free if desired.
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