joint-ring OTHELLO, iv. 3. 71. “Such a ring, of the Elizabethan era,” writes Mr. Fairholt, “is shewn in the accompanying woodcut [apud Halliwell's Shakespeare]. It was a split ring, the halves made to fit in each other very closely when united, and the joined hands to lock it tight. Such rings were extensively used, as love-tokens, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.” Compare gimmal-bit.
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