Posy Ring, "God above increase our love"
"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.
The inscription on this ring saw great popularity in seventeenth-century England. Joan Evans records eight variations of this posy with different spellings. For comparison to these examples, see the collection of the British Museum (two rings with the same motto, published by Evans, 1931, p. 38, and Dalton, 1912, BM 1152 and BM 1153); the Ashmolean Museum (published in Taylor and Scarisbrick 1978, no. 542).