Historic 1914 Pro Patria 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 "Pro Patria 1914", is one of those rings. Pro Patria translates to "For Country", from Latin. Berlin Iron is very collectible and is becoming exceedingly difficult to find. We have cleaned this ring using only a Sunshine Brand jewelers polishing cloth.
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Ring Size: US 7 3/4, British O 1/2 - P 1/2, French 57. We do not recommend resizing this ring.
Stamped: Pro Patria 1914. Acid Tests: 10K
Weight: 3.2 grams or 2.0 dwt