17th Century Posy Ring

Photo: Bristol City Council CC BY SA2.0
Object type: Ring
Period: Post Medieval
Primary material: Gold
Date found: 05/10/2021
Location: South Gloucestershire


A 17th century gold posy ring, inlaid with enamel. It is inscribed with constancie is a noble vertue” and a maker’s mark “R”. The PAS record says that the spelling variations ‘constancie’ and ‘vertue’, likely date the ring to the mid-17th century. As this ring predates 1721 and as it contains a minimum of 10% precious metal, it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.