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ring , ca. 1840
a poison ring with three different hidden sections. We can only wonder what they were used for..... We let the pictures speak for themselves. A poison ring is a type of finger ring having a hinged bezel that conceals a compartment said to have held in poison. Although no such use has been factually established, there are historical (e.g. Hannibal's death) and literary references to such rings. It has been surmised that the compartment may usually have contained perfume or a relic. # 1
Memorial ring commemorating Charles I (closed) at The British Museum Images
Memorial ring commemorating Charles I. ca 1650. Gold ring that opens to form a concealed locket. Commemorative jewellery depicting royalty was usually produced after the monarch's death, but was occasionally available during their lifetime, to be worn as a demonstration of loyalty.Many examples have hinged lids: supporters of the Royalist cause, who wished to keep their allegiance secret, probably wore these during the Commonwealth under the rule of Oliver Cromwell.