- Museum number
Sphere-ring; gold; formed of an outer hoop in two parts, interior three hoops almost concealed when ring closed; exterior hoop chased with scrolls on ground once enamelled black, each part has on flat surfaces concealed when ring closed a section of enamelled inscription; three interior hoops plain flat bands engraved and enamelled in black with signs of the zodiac, stars and other figures.
- Production date
Diameter: 1.08 inches
Weight: 180 grains
- Curator's comments
There is a similar ring at the Swedish History Museum (Historiska museet): Inventory number 39; SHM Object Identity 41363.
Information received with thanks from Klaus Huenig in March 2021.
Text from Dalton 1912, Catalogue of Finger Rings:
An armillary ring inscribed with an English quatrain is mentioned in Notes and Queries, 3rd Series, vol. iv (1863) , p.156.'
Handwritten notes in Dalton,
This worte (?) myself to thee. I do resign
Requite me then by saying thou art mine
'c.f. F Madden, "Privy purse expenses of the Princess Mary" . p.200 ".... a Ring of golde wt. a Diall in it".
Ring of similar form with inscribed verses in the possession of Col. Manley. Army & Navy Club.
Although Dalton dated this ring as 17th century, he also wrote, 'The figures 1555, indicating the date, ...'.
- Not on display
Latest: 2 (Jul 2015)
2 (Mar 1996)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number