Very rare Berlin iron signet ring. The bezel is showing a harp with a sitting person reading a book, flower to the right and monogram L W. Ring band is decorated with a floral motif. This rare ring dates from around 1810-1820, originating from an old German collection.
During the Napoleonic wars, the Prussian Royal family urged its citizens to help fund an uprising against Napoleon. Prussian people contributed their precious gold and silver jewellery. In return they were given pieces of cast iron, sometimes a replica of the piece they turned in. Iron jewellery became a symbol of patriotism and selflessness, A popular inscription was 'Ich gab gelt für eisen' (I gave gold for iron).
As iron is susceptible to rusting not many pieces have survived. This ring is in very good condition with no visible signs of rusting. Care should be taken to keep this ring dry.
Dimensions bezel: 12,6 x 14,8 mm
Inside diameter: 19,5 / 20,5 mm
Weight: 4,99 g
Shipping: registered and insured parcel.
Certificate of Authenticity available upon request (pdf-format).
Purchased by the current owner from a Dutch private collection, 2016.
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- Numero di oggetti
- - Anello con sigillo in ferro di Berlino molto raro 'Iron for Gold'
- Secolo / Intervallo di tempo
- Buone Condizioni, Vedere Foto