Rare Historic 1914 Berlin Iron and Rose Gold Ring
Berlin Iron jewelry was first created in the early 1800's when the Prussian royal family urged citizens to contribute their gold to fund the war against Napoleon. In return for their gold, citizens were given iron jewelry, usually inscribed with Gold gab ich für Eisen (I gave gold for iron), or Für das Wohl des Vaterlands (For the welfare of our country / fatherland). Wearing the black, intricately designed Berlin Iron became a symbol of patriotism and wearing gold became passé and inappropriate.
The giving of iron jewelry, in exchange for gold, to fund a war effort was tried again in the First World War. This ring, inscribed with "Gold gab ich für Eisen 1914 O S.R", possibly "OS.K.", is one of those rings. Berlin Iron is very collectible and is becoming exceedingly difficult to find. We are always on the look out for Berlin Iron and have only seen less than ten items available for sale this entire last year. The prices we have seen for Berlin Iron, usually reflect the collectible nature and it's rarity.
We have cleaned this ring using only a Sunshine Brand jewelers polishing cloth.
This item is sold out, but we do have a few other Berlin Iron items in stock.
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Ring Size: US 7 3/4th, French 57. We do not recommend attempting to resize this ring.
Condition: Some darker spots on the metal. A section of gold is missing on the top and appears to have been that way from the day the ring was made.
Stamped: Gold gab ich für Eisen 1914 OS.R. or OS.K. Acid Tests: 14K
Weight: 3.6 grams or 2.3 dwt