Posy Ring Identification Required

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Posy Ring Identification Required

Post by Nickinstick » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:46 pm

Hello all

I was lucky enough to find another Posy ring, unfortunately another Silver Gilt but I can't complain.

It's really quite small, weights 4.86grms and was found with an Equinox 800.

The inscription reads 'Kipe Faith'. I can't find anything about that inscription on the net so far. My uninformed guess is a secret Catholic faith ring post the reformation. Kipe is slang for steal, the site is largely Tudor only and the engraving script I think is Gothic style.

Does anyone have any thoughts?

Thanks Nick
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Re: Posy Ring Identification Required

Post by Wuntbedruv » Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:16 pm

'KIPE FAITH' is just a badly spelled rendition of 'KEEP FAITH'

The lettering on this being rendered in capitals is good evidence for it being 16th to early 17th century.

As such, the dreaded 'T' word applies....
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Re: Posy Ring Identification Required

Post by roamingrob » Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:16 pm

A nice and interesting find. I have looked at all the sayings that I can find but can not match yours
the closest I can get is "Keepe faith till death" may be it was lost before being finished or or a more personal message rather that a popular saying of the time. I would show it to my FLO Just in case it falls under treasure as if the above is correct it would. Great find ::g
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Re: Posy Ring Identification Required

Post by Chilgrove » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:30 pm

Nice find. I would have thought late 1600s.

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Re: Posy Ring Identification Required

Post by fred » Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:30 pm

I think quite early, say 1600ish. Very nice anyway. ::g
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Re: Posy Ring Identification Required

Post by Nickinstick » Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:57 pm

Thanks all, yes really nice and came up with alot of gilt still on
I would estimate early 1600 at the latest.

Obviously treasure but they're difficult to date, but the site throws up mainly Elizabeth era, 1 Mary 1 James 1st.

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Re: Posy Ring Identification Required

Post by fred » Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:00 pm

Nickinstick wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:57 pm
Thanks all, yes really nice and came up with alot of gilt still on
I would estimate early 1600 at the latest.

Obviously treasure but they're difficult to date, but the site throws up mainly Elizabeth era, 1 Mary 1 James 1st.

Thanks Nick

Hopefully there will be a nice gold one in there waiting for you. ::g
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Re: Posy Ring Identification Required

Post by oldartefact » Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:31 pm

Yes it looks early .. had it been gold (assuming its silver?) ... this would be a mega bucks find.. but still very reportable under the treasure act.
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