Post medieval gilt fede ring. A silver gilt fede ring, with a finely carved pair of clasping hands to centre, flanked by engraved cuffs and continuing through to a solid D-shape shank. Tested silver gilt, approximately 5.5g in weight, circa 16th century.
Rings depicting clasped hands have been created since the Roman period through to the 19th century, with the height of popularity in the 15th century. These rings were given as symbols of love, or betrothal. The name is taken from the Italian 'le mani in fede' meaning 'hands in trust'.
See Oman, C., 'English Rings 800-1914', plate 54 for further examples of silver fede rings from this period.