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posy ring / mourning-ring

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1961,1202.105

  • Description

    Gold posy ring with memorial inscription. D-section. No maker's mark.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 17thC-18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 2 centimetres
    • Width: 0.25 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        interior
      • Inscription Language

        English
      • Inscription Content

        My friend is Dead my Joys, are fled
      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Content

        none
  • Condition

    Good

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1961

  • Acquisition notes

    This inscription is recorded in neither Sir John's red book nor in Dame Joan's 'English Posies and Posy Rings' It was therefore acquired by Joan Evans after 1931.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1961,1202.105

Gold posy ring  with memorial inscription. D-section.   Unmarked.

Detail: Inscription

Gold posy ring with memorial inscription. D-section. Unmarked.

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