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1916 Berlin Iron Watch Chain

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Here is Antique Watch Chain that can be used as a Wallet Chain or Key Chain.

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 watch chain, inscribed with "Gold Zur Wehr Eisen Zur Ehr" (Gold For Defense and Iron for Honor), "1916", and "In Eisernerzeit 1916" (In the Iron Time 1916), is an original from WW1.  Berlin Iron is very collectible and is becoming exceedingly difficult to find.

This item is sold out, but we do have a few other Berlin Iron items in stock.

For your enjoyment, all purchases ship gift wrapped.  We offer layaway with no fees and interest.

Length: 12 inches

Stamped: none

Date: 1916

Weight: 20.6 grams or 13.2 dwt