1916 Berlin Iron Long Guard Necklace - Eiserne Zeit 1916
This antique 1916, Berlin Iron Long Guard, with the caption, "In Eisernerzeit 1916" (In the Iron Time 1916), is an original from WW1. This long guard is roughly 62 and 3/4 inch long. These were worn as necklaces that wrapped several times around. The clasp at the end can be used to hold a locket, a pocket watch, a chatelaine, or charm. In 3 years, we've only seen two of these. Berlin Iron is very collectible and is becoming exceedingly difficult to find.
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.
We've cleaned this long guard using a polishing cloth and noted one round link that is permanently connected to a neighboring round link. It is not obvious and you have to go looking for it to find it. The rest of the links move freely.
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Length: roughly 62 and 3/4 inch long
Stamped: Eiserne Zeit 1916
Weight: 24.8 grams or 15.9 dwt