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WW1 "I Gave Gold For Iron" Ring



WW1 "I Gave Gold For Iron" Ring



DATE: WW1, 1914

An antique Berlin Iron ring dating from the early 20th century. It comprises a band of iron, encased in a 14k gold inner ring, with the words "Gold gab ich für Eisen 1914 O.S.K." or I Gave Gold For Iron engraved on the outer band. In an effort to raise money to fight the first war, the Austro-Hungarian empire revived an idea from 100 years earlier: request that citizens donated their gold jewellery to the government in exchange for iron jewellery. The first time round, between 1813 and 1815, the Prussian royal family urged all citizens to contribute gold and silver towards funding an uprising against Napoleon. In exchange, they would be given iron jewellery (known as Berlin Iron) often with the inscription above or with a portrait of Frederick William III on the back. This example is obviously from the 19th century, and the owner, presumably after the war, chose to add a gold inner section to make wearing it more practical. Wearing the iron jewellery was an overt statement of your patriotic commitment to the country, and many chose to continue wearing such rings long after the war was over.


Width of band: 7.1mm




No marks present, tests as 14k gold


Very good