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Ref  EB2  A Kiss For Peeping

Romantic inscriptions on rings date back to medieval times. By the 17th and 18th centuries posy rings enjoyed great popularity, their name derived from the term poesie or poetry. These tokens of affection were exchanged between lovers, the message of love concealed inside the hoop, touching the finger and its content only known to the giver and the recipient. This high carat gold posy ring of decent weight is circa 1700. The outer hoop is decorated with scrolling acanthus on a ribbed ground and to the interior of the hoop is a most unusual posy motto : A kiss for peeping. The inference is, 'rather than me just admiring you, may I steal a kiss?' If the lady wants the ring she will have to comply, hopefully she is willing. The ring is size P and 1/2 [US 7 and 3/4] and the hoop is 1/8 of an inch wide. In very fine and most wearable condition.

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