POSY RING “GOD ABOVE INCREASE OUR LOVE”
England, 17th century
Weight 4.3 gr; circumference 56.45 mm; US size 7¾; UK size P½
Posy rings” take their name from the French poésie or poem. Seventeenth-century rings of this type bear short, often rhyming inscriptions, usually on the interior of the hoop. These affectionate commonplace phrases draw their subject matter and style from short poetic forms that served as literary exercised during the reign of Elizabeth I.
A convex band of gold bears an inscription in capital letters, “God a bove increa∫e our love.” The ring and its inscription are in excellent condition.