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Nineteenth Century 22 Karat Pictorial Poesy or Posy Ring, HM Sheffield

Nineteenth Century 22 Karat Pictorial Poesy or Posy Ring, HM Sheffield


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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Pre 1900: Item # 1447739
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
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P.O. Box 4684
Baltimore, Maryland 21212
tel. 410-435-3738

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 $2,600.00 
We love this 22K Renaissance revival, hallmarked nineteenth century poesy ring on which is inscribed the saying, “my heart and I until I die”, with endearing images pictograms of a heart and an eye. Poesy rings were inscribed with what were often Christian sayings holding special meaning between two lovers. They were the early versions of modern wedding bands. They were popular in 16th-18th centuries in England and France and a few examples can be found as early as the 14th century. The rings are derived from the French word for poem, with the inscription on the inside or exterior of the ring. Poesy rings should not be resized as the band itself comprises the ring, plus you don’t want to disturb the hallmarks. The ring is a size 7.
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