So rare to find antique Berlin Iron jewellery, especially with the use of gold. Known as Fer de Berlin (Berlin Iron) began in 1804 with the establishment of the Royal Berlin Foundry. Iron items such as knife stands, vases etc were manufactured. The first jewelry was produced in 1806. It reached its peak of production during the War of Liberation. Fighting the Napoleanic invasion, the German populace was asked to help fund the war by donating their gold. In return, they would be given a token of gratitude in the form of iron jewelry. This jewelry was viewed as patriotic "I gave gold for iron" was sometimes inscribed on the jewelry and the people viewed wearing it as a token of support for the welfare the country. The industry declined after 1850 and ended at the turn of the century.
This particular example is rare in the use of gold, as most were cast and framed in iron. The gold is characteristically low carat.
This was a collection of slides that have been assembled and joined with velvet ribbon to form a bracelet. Each plaque has a different classical motif. This can be adjusted in size with new velvet ribbon purchased in Paris, which I can provide.
It measures 6 3/4 inches long . Unique, rare and beautiful.
Germany, circa 1810
Antique Berlin Iron and Gold Rare Slide Bracelet