17th Century engraved gold posy ring, 'Let reason rule affection', circa 1600.

GBP 4,800.00

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Object Description

17th Century engraved gold posy ring, ‘Let reason rule affection’. A yellow gold D-shape band, the exterior engraved around the full circumference with a scrolling stylised floral and foliate design, the interior engraved in italic script ‘Let reason rule affection’, approximately 6.0mm in width. Tested yellow gold, maker’s mark ‘GE’ within a rectangular punchmark, circa 1600.

Accompanied by documentation from the Portable Antiquities Scheme stating that this ring was found in Arlington, East Sussex, UK in 2013. It is recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme under reference SUSS-FC7C46; and disclaimed under the Treasure Act 1996, reference 2013 T517.

See Evans, J., ‘English Posies and Posy Rings’, 1931, for further examples of this posy.

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