Antique Berlin Iron Signet Ring with M or W Initial, Man's Ring, Circa 1815

What would you do for your country? Would you give your gold for iron? This is precisely what the Prussian Royal family urged its citizens to do, to fund an uprising against Napoleon during the War of Liberation. The Royal Berlin Foundry opened before Napoleon took Berlin in 1806, but reached its peak production of jewelry between 1813-1815. Often called ‘Berlin Iron’, this type of jewelry became popular due mainly to its symbolic relationship with a feeling of patriotism and loyalism. 

This fantastic Berlin Iron ring is a signet, it’s either an M or a W, I can’t fully decide, and is encircled by a band of flowers and leaves. This is a gentlemen’s ring, it’s quite large, a size 12.5, and has a decidedly masculine feel. It was made in Berlin in about 1815. These items are quite rare, iron jewelry was often left to rust away and relatively little of it has survived the two centuries since it was created. This ring shows very little rust and is in quite nice condition. It has no marks that I can make out and weighs 10.4 grams. Care should be taken to keep this ring dry. 

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Item ID:RG0309091V

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