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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.
From: An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, autor: Harold Newman, publishers: Thames and Hudson