This ring, known as Berlin Iron, is both rare and beautiful. During the Napoleonic wars of 1813-1815, the Prussian royal family urged all its citizens, rich and poor, to donate their gold and silver to fund the War of Liberation. In return, they would receive iron jewellery in the form of finger rings , brooches, necklaces etc. "I Gave Gold For Iron" became a symbol of patriotic pride.
In this very rare example, is a ring with an octagonal plaque bordered in pale low karat gold. It has a caduceus and anchor entwined. The anchor
symbolizes hope, strength and stability and the safe end of a journey. The caduceus when carried in the left hand of Mercury, a messenger of the Gods, symbolizes strength, protection of merchants and Shepards. Since 1902, the symbol has been adapted as the insignia of medicine in the US.
It has a matte, lacquer finish with shell and acanthus leaf shank. Completely original and in excellent condition.
Today, these pieces are often found in private collections and museums. For reference; Anne Clifford Cut Steel and Berlin Iron Jewellery.
It is a size 7 1/2 US.
Unique, symbolic and rare, circa 1815