Love And Live - Silver Poesy Ring
Poesy (posie or posey) rings typically are crafted in high carat yellow gold. Coming upon one in silver is a rare find; finding one again in that cool as ice material beats the odds. This the only the third silver poesy ring The Three Graces has had the pleasure of offering for sale in our 11 plus year history.
In addition, although we have never seen the sentiment inscribed to the interior, in upper case block Roman letters “LOVE AND LIVE”, it is listed in the seminal reference "English Posies and Posy Rings" by Dame Joan Evans among the hundreds upon hundreds she has annotated. Please note that this is an amazing catalogue of antique and historical posie rings, many of which have been culled from the collection of the London based Victorian and Albert Museum.
The dating of such rings is based upon a multitude of factors such as the language used for the sentiment – such as French or English in later centuries and the font or type of engraving employed. The upper case Roman letters in this example spanned a great number of years, typically from the mid 16th century through that of the mid 17th century although some Roman lettering continued to be incorporated into the 1880s.
Date: Circa 1700.
Measurements: 1/4 of an inch (0.6 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 4.1 grams (2.6 dwt).
Ring Size: US 10-3/4 (UK V; Euro or Int. Circum. 64 mm; Int. Dia. 20.4 mm; Japan over 22) and easily can be sized to fit most. Ring sizing information.
Condition: Excellent for its age; a very old resizing line visible upon very close inspection.
Note: All metals are acid tested.
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