Gold "Posy Ring"
An Exciting Acquisition
"The Curator's Choice" is a changing display which features an item specially chosen by the curator.
This "Posy Ring" is a locally found post-Medieval gold ring, dating from 1550 to 1650.
A posy ring is a finger ring inscribed with a short message. It gets its name from “Poesy”, an old word for a verse of poetry or a motto.
This ring is inscribed “FERE + GOD + EVER”, where “FERE” is an old word for a marriage partner - a husband or wife. During the Middle Ages when religion was so much part of everyday life it was not unusual to combine religious, friendly or amorous words.
Medieval rings had the inscription on the outside, but later ones, like this post-Medieval example which dates from between 1550 and 1650, have the inscription on the inside.
Curator David Walker said “the craftsmanship of the goldsmith is amazing and the ring will make a wonderful addition to the museum’s displays.”
"The Curator's Choice" cabinet is outside The Exhibition Room (upstairs).