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Elizabethan betrothal signet ring. A heavy and solid signet ring, the central oval plaque engraved with the letters 'T E' with entwined lover's knot and five petalled flowers, bordered by an inner dotted border and outer pelletted border, the underside inscribed with the Christogram 'I H S', flanked by broad, integrated, smoothly conforming shoulders with leaves engraved and leading through to a solid tapering D-shapeshank. Tested yellow gold, approximately 24g in weight, English, circa 17th century, accompanied by an Oxford Labs X-ray fluorescence report stating the composition of the metal.
This ring is thought to have been commissioned for Thomas Eyre (1549-1625), Mayor of Salisbury 1586-7 and later Member of Parliament 1597. Thomas Eyre was also the church warden at St. Thomas's Church where memorials to him and his wealthy family are still found.
See Victoria & Albert Museum reference number 841-1871 for a betrothal ring of similar style.