Symbolic Antique Berlin Iron Ring for a Man
Berlin iron jewelry is a label used to describe the jewelry received in exchange for gold and gemstone jewelry donated by the populace for the 19th century Prussian War. Not many are aware that there were a few factories which were dedicated to the manufacturing of such iron jewelry before the turn of the 1800s.
This scarce Berlin iron ring is from that 19th century era and was made for a man. Large in proportion and masculine in presence, a center medallion features a pair of clasped hands. Symbolically clasp hands represent loyalty and solidarity.
A garland of small flowers and a pattern of a cluster of what appears to be droplets of water wend its way around the center of the band with the following French phase on top and below: “Il y a de L'echo en France Quand on y prononce let mots d'honneur et de Patrie”. This translates to “there is an echo in France when we say the words honor and Fatherland”.
This is a patriotic statement reflecting the sacrifice of those who gave up their silver, gold and precious items for the Napoleonic war effort. Then again, it may be a reflection of what Voltaire implied in this comment: Such then is the human state that to wish for one's country's greatness is to wish harm to one's neighbors. He who should wish his fatherland might never be greater, smaller, richer, poorer, would be the citizen of the world.
Date: Circa 1805.
Measurements: 3/8 of an inch (1.0 cm) in length north to south on the hand and rises 3/16 of an inch (0.6 cm) in height off the finger. Weight of 6.3 grams (4.1 dwt).
Origin: Most likely French.
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