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Gold gab ich für eisen – I gave gold for iron
The roots of Berlin iron jewellery can be traced back to the establishment of the Royal Berlin Foundry in 1804, but it became popular when, during the Napoleonic wars, the Prussian Royal family urged its wealthy citizens to give their gold for the war.
Testifying a difficult moment in history is this very rare example of Berlin iron signet ring.
The technique consisted in firstly carving or moulding shapes in wax, pressing these into fine sand and filling the impressions with molten iron. These pieces were left alone to cool down, then finished by hand and black lacquer was applied.
Many of the iron jewels imitated popular and classical styles of the time, as the theme of this ring: an engraved bird bringing a message … of love, solidarity, hope or endurance .
The shank of the ring showcases a beautiful floral motif with daysies and roses.
The ring is in quite good condition considering that most of Berlin Iron jewelry is in museums or left to perish in the rust. It shows the original black laquer on the shank and little wear on the engraved plaque.
Meaningfully crafted during Eighteenth Century in cast iron.
Very good overall conditions, wear consistent with age.
It is a privilege to be the custodian of an authentic piece of Berlin Iron in any form of jewellery. Care should be taken to keep the ring dry.
head of the ring is 12.2 mm x 11.7 mm; sits 2.6 mm high on finger ;
very good overall condition, wear consistent with age, some wear to the carved top