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posy ring

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    AF.1218

  • Description

    Gold posy ring with inscription engraved on outside with a heart pierced by arrows, an anchor, a true lover's knot and other devices which have been enamelled. The inscription inside was also enamelled originally. No maker's mark; damaged hoop.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 16thC-17thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 0.72 inches
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        interior
      • Inscription Language

        English
      • Inscription Content

        Conceaue consent confirme content
      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Content

        none
  • Curator's comments

    According to the Braybrooke catalogue, 'The surface is covered with various patterns, among which a heart is conspicuous, the rest appear to be leaves of flowers probably forget-me-nots; but among these I fancy I can trace a cross and a double X or two C's. This ring was obtained with preceding, but the date may not be qute so old'. The preceding ring no 187 was 'bought of Mr Warren, of Ixworth, Suffolk, by William Fuller Maitland, Esq., by whom it was presented to me, March 14th, 1857'. Mr Warren was Joseph Warren. See also AF 1349 (Dalton 1268)

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  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1912 1137 bibliographic details
    • Braybrooke 1873 no. 188 bibliographic details
    • Evans 1931 p. 29 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1897

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    AF.1218


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