In the early spring of 1945, Allied troops recaptured the Philippine Islands from Japanese forces in one of the most important battles in the Pacific. It was a difficult and bloody fight that was devastating for the military as well as for the civilian population. There were many souvenir and campaign pieces that came out of that battle and from the info I have gathered; the vets commented on the industrious and resilient nature of the Philippine civilians. The day after the fall of Manila civilian artists and vendors were on the streets literally selling their wares in the rubble and bombed out buildings. Soldiers eagerly purchased the items as a commemoration of their victory and the street vendors and artists were the first wave of commerce that helped the Philippines recover their country after four years of brutal occupation.
This GREAT Looking piece was made at that time.... ~ a size 8 1/2 and is crafted of solid silver. Both shoulders have triangular Art Deco style stepped design - one is hand engraved "19" and the other "45". The face is a thick raised rectangular banner with "Manila" engraved in script lettering. There are additional hand engraved designs on the face and zig-zags all the way around the banner- possibly executed with an electric engraver.
WW2 Era military jewelry is in VERY GOOD CONDITION - has not been cleaned~ polished in many years (retains old dark patina/tarnish that attests to its age). The front MEASURES ~ 3/8 Inches N-S and the Designs/Engraving are Sharp. Consistent with a ring that was worn respectfully for many years, it does show minute age appropriate wear from treasured use. This piece of WWII history would make a wonderful addition to any militaria ~ military ring collection.
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WWII Manila Campaign Silver Trench Art Ring 8 1/2
USPS First-Class Package Service - Retail
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