Tudor 'Hope is mi holde till hap shall helpe' buckle posy ring.
Tudor 'Hope is mi holde till hap shall helpe' buckle posy ring.
Tudor 'Hope is mi holde till hap shall helpe' buckle posy ring.
Tudor 'Hope is mi holde till hap shall helpe' buckle posy ring.
Tudor 'Hope is mi holde till hap shall helpe' buckle posy ring.

Tudor 'Hope is mi holde till hap shall helpe' buckle posy ring.

c. 1500 to c. 1600 unknown

Offered by Berganza Ltd.

£24,200 gbp
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Tudor 'Hope is mi holde till hap shall helpe' buckle posy ring. A yellow gold posy ring in the form of a belt with buckle and looped end, inscribed to the exterior '+ HOPE * IS * MI HOLDE' and the interior 'TILL * HAP * SHALL * HELPE', approximately 2.5mm in width. Tested yellow gold, approximately 2.7g in weight, circa 16th century, accompanied by an Oxford Labs X-ray fluorescence report stating the composition of the metal.

Also accompanied by documentation from the Portable Antiquities Scheme stating that this ring was found in Hursley, Winchester, Hampshire, UK in August 2012. It is recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme under reference HAMP-62C152; and disclaimed under the Treasure Act, reference 2012T805.

This is a very unusual and cryptic posy motto and is not listed in Evans, J., 'English Posies and Posy Rings'. Rings in the form of a belt and buckle were a favourite post medieval design and were used as devotional rings, memorial rings, and as with this ring betrothal- all with the uniting element of the buckle symbolism adding strength and emphasis to whichever meaning the ring was intended.
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22474
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