Tudor garter posy ring
Complete jewels from the Tudor era are extremely rare. This is a late 16th century buttery high carat gold posy ring in a rare garter form. Unusually it is inscribed to both exterior and interior with motto : + HOPE * IS * MI * HOLDE * TILL * HAP * SHALL * HELPE, meaning ‘I live in hope until help comes’, [probably in the form of divine intervention]. The archaic spelling is delightfully irregular. The ring was discovered by a metal detectorist in Winchester in 2012. It has been disclaimed under the Treasure Act and is recorded on the Portable Antiquities’ Database : HAMP-62C152. The ring is size K and 1/2 [US 5 and 3/8] and in superb condition.