Detectorist finds rare 17th century posey ring in Peak District

Started by gash, July 26, 2017, 11:30:05 pm

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A ring sought after by romantics around the world because of its rarity has been discovered in the Peak District by a retired former pub licensee.

Known as a posey ring, it bears a hidden inscription on the inside of the simple gold band - for a lover's eyes only - and dates back to the 17th century.

The ring carries a rare and cautious motto, 'let Reason Rule Affection' (Don't Let Your Heart Rule Your Head).

The find was made by Sandra Shaw, 71, chairman of the High Peak Metal Detecting Club and former licensee of The Anglers Rest at Millers Dale. Sandra, of Smalldale, near Buxton, said: "I recognised what it was straight away, it was high on my wish list. "Another was an Iron Age Horn Cap, dating from c.300 BC - c. AD 43, which I also found in Derbyshire. It's described by the UK Detector Finds Database as an 'enigmatic Late Iron Age artefact generally referred to as a Horn Cap' but its function remains undetermined.

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