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17th Century “Ever Thine if Thou Once Mine” Posy Ring

$3,400

Posy rings derive their name from the French "poésie", meaning poem or poetry. The name refers to the inscriptions on the inside of the bands which can hold messages of love, devotion, religiosity, or rhyming verse. The oldest poesy rings date to the Middle Ages, but the height of their popularity extended from the 16th century into the 1800s when they were given upon the event of a wedding or betrothal. The tradition of exchanging gold wedding bands is now common practice the world over, and rings such as this this post-Medieval posy band is where the custom finds its roots. The inscription on this ring reads, "Ever thine if thou once mine".

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  • Materials

    22k gold (tests)

  • Age

    c. 1680

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    9, resizing not recommended; 2.7mm shank

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please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.