Be faythful

Be faythful to the end

From a private collection where it has been for many years, a high carat gold posy hoop, circa 1680. Posy rings derive their name from the word ‘posy’ or ‘poesy’ – a derivative of poetry meaning short rhyme. Posy rings were popular from the late medieval period onwards and were primarily used to communicate secret messages of love between the giver and the recipient. The wearing of words in contact with the skin was believed to increase their efficacy. This gold posy is inscribed to interior in black enamel Roman capitals : Be faythful to the end. It is size Q [US 8] and the band is 1/4 of an inch wide. Small shovel marks to exterior as a result of its original excavation.

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