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In 1833, Princess Marianne of Prussia asked Prussian women to give their gold in order to fund the war against Napoleon Bonaparte. In exchange, they received an iron brooch or ring with the inscription "Gold gab ich für Eisen" (Gold I gave for iron). A similar appeal occurred during WWI when the German state asked its citizens to donate their gold for funding the war and support families who lost relatives. People donated their gold jewelry, coins and received iron medals or rings known as Berliner Eisen as a thank you, all with the same inscription. 

This special example makes for a gorgeous stacker, knuckle ring, and overall edgy addition to any look or historical collection. 


Materials and Features: iron, gold 

Age/Origin:  1915

Marks: "Gold I traded for iron"

Measurements: Size 5, 3 grams

Condition: Excellent condition. 

Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.

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