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Historical & Moving Berlin Iron Ring


In the early part of the 19th century Berlin iron was formed into jewelry to represent gold and silver jewelry donated to the war efforts of the Napoleonic wars. Some of the pieces were constructed into artistic and fanciful shapes; others were marked "Gold gab ich fur Eisen" (I have gold for iron) and were often quite plain.

The tradition was revived in 1914 during World War I by the German communities in both American and Europe. However, items were not donated to support the war but rather for the people most devastated by the war – widows and children. For more information read a moving and quite extraordinary article about these rings and the exceptional sacrifices people made for unknown individuals written October 1914 in the New York Times. Just email us for the link to the article.

Rimmed and lined with rose gold of 14k, this Berlin iron ring sports the famous phrase “Gold gab fur Eisen”, 1915 and Germanic type script for “OSR” or “OSK”.

Date: 1914.

+ Measurements, Condition & More

Measurements: 1/4 of an inch (0.6 cm) in width. Weight of 3.5 grams (2.2 dwt).

Ring Size: US 7-1/2 (UK O-1/2; Euro or Int. Circum. 55.7 mm; Int. Dia. 17.7 mm; Japan 15). This ring should not be sized. Ring sizing information.

Condition: Very good; light wear to impressed letters.

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