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Berlin Iron Signet Ring, C.1815

Berlin Iron Signet Ring, C.1815

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Continental: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 1431093
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Fabulous Berlin iron ring decorated what appears to be agricultural tools, including a scythe. The band has a floral motif. It is possible the ring was owned by a wealthy landowning farmer. Popular in the early 1800's, during the Napoleonic war German women gave their precious jewelry for the war effort and it was replaced with Berlin iron jewelry some with the inscription "Ich gab gelt für eisen", I gave gold for iron. The iron jewelry was made by the Royal Berlin Factory, which produced iron for industrial use as its primary operation. When Germany went to war with France in 1812, artisans were employed by the Royal Berlin Factory to make this beautiful and collectible iron jewelry as a patriotic war effort. Berlin iron rings are extremely strong and have a wonderfully esoteric look. As genuine historical jewelry, it is a privilege to own an authentic piece of Berlin Iron in any form of jewelry. Care should be taken to keep the ring dry. The ring is a size 12.