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German WWI Iron Cross Ring in Original Box
An interesting pieces of modern history: an iron cross ring from 1914. The ring was issued to donors who turned in their gold jewelry for the war effort, a campaign known as Gold for Iron. The ring has an iron cross on the front, flanked by the date 1914 on one side and DHG NY on the other. The shank has two German inscriptions that very roughly translate to “I gave my gold for this iron to the Fatherland” and To honor my old Fatherland.” The DHG NY refers to a German sympathizer group in NY. The ring is supposedly sterling silver; I say supposedly because I have seen other references to and photos of this ring, all reported to be silver. I did not want to acid test it because I did not want to destroy the beautiful patina (acid testing does leave a clean mark). I cleaned off just enough surface dirt and tarnish to make the inscription readable. The ring has a visible crack on the back of the shank, but it does not go all the way through. The ring is marked PAT APLD FOR on the inside of the front. Size is 6-1/4. The ring is in its original box, which is tattered but intact. The bottom of the box reads Made in Germany.
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