Jewellery, Watches and Objects of Vertu (23 November 2021)

Date of Auction: 23rd November 2021

Sold for £4,000

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

A late 13th/early 14th century gold and garnet posy ring, centred with an oval small cabochon almandine garnet, within a cone-shaped bezel, the D-shaped band plain to the inside, the exterior decorated with notches to create a leaf or laurel wreath design to one side, the opposing side decorated with a zig-zag triangular-shaped line with punched dots between, to the right shoulder the incised letters ‘I O S U’, the ‘S’ positioned to the side, followed by ‘I’ and a further indistinct letter, the posy possibly from the French ‘Je suis ici’ (’I am here’), bezel height 3.9mm, ring size approximately 0. £4,000-£6,000


This ring was found in August 2019 in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire using a Equinox metal detector and was uncovered at a depth of 5cm. The find spot is close to a Norman manor house recorded in the Domesday book which was occupied by the Boothby family and in the 14th century, the Paynells.

The ring is recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database Ref: CAM-0582C9.