WILT-F95D9F: Post-medieval gold ring

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Unique ID: WILT-F95D9F

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A gold post medieval posey ring dating to the period c. AD 1600 - 1750.

Posey rings are a simple gold band engraved with a brief sentiment or poem inside. They were given by men and women as an expression of love, as a wedding ring or as a means of showing regard and friendship. They were considered magical, having the power when worn to enforce the poesy (poem) engraved on them. They believed that the words touching the vein running directly from the fourth finger to the heart,have a special power.

The finger ring comprises a simple, gold circular band. The exterior is undecorated and plain, with no decoration. The interior is inscribed with the words 'I am thy lot refuse mee not'. The inscription is written in old English and in black writing. The makers mark is not visible on the interior surface.

The ring measures 20.49mm in diameter, with an internal diameter of 11.08mm. The ring weighs 2.32g and has a thickness of 2.68mm.


As it was not felt possible to be confident that that ring was more than 300 years old, the finder was advised that it need not be reported as potential Treasure.

Inscription: I am thy lot refuse me not

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1750

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.68 mm
Weight: 2.32 g
Diameter: 20.49 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Natasha Cross
Identified by: Miss Natasha Cross

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SSWM 4780

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: New Forest (District)
To be known as: Breamore

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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Recording Institution: WILT
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 9 months ago

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