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1914-1915 Iron and Gold Band

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  • Shipping for orders during the sale is FREE for purchases over $150. For purchases under $150, a flat $5 fee within the USA will be charged to cover packaging and shipping costs.
  • International orders will ship according to our regular policies.
  • Your order will arrive via US First Class Mail- expect 3-4 weeks to receive your package.
  • All sale items will be shipped using minimal packaging.
  • All purchases of sale items are  FINAL sale. No refunds or exchanges.
  • Discounts will be applied at check out!

The first gold-for-iron campaign began in 1813 in what is now Germany. To fund the Prussian effort to repel the forces of Napoleon, citizens were urged to donate their gold to the state and were given a piece of iron jewelry (what we now call Berlin iron) in return. The drive for gold was quite successful, in fact, it was so successful that wearing gold during this period of war was frowned upon and seen as unpatriotic. Fast forward a century and we come to the second crusade to fund a war with private gold, this time at the outset of WWI. Modeled on the success of Berlin iron, the Habsburgs of Austro-Hungary encouraged the citizenry to make the empire a gift of their gold and silver and were given a piece of iron jewelry in it's place. The war chest effort was not particularly effective this time around, and as we all know, the Austro-Hungarian Empire fell at the end of the first world war. This unusual iron band decorated with gold floral patterning and the years "1914-1915" most likely (but not for sure) came from this war effort. The ring is a wide 7.2mm and is an unsizable size 10.5.

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  • Materials: iron, gold
  • Age: dated 1914-1915
  • Condition: Good - oxidization on the outside of the band
  • Size: US 10.5, cannot be resized; 7.2mm width
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About Details

  • Shipping for orders during the sale is FREE for purchases over $150. For purchases under $150, a flat $5 fee within the USA will be charged to cover packaging and shipping costs.
  • International orders will ship according to our regular policies.
  • Your order will arrive via US First Class Mail- expect 3-4 weeks to receive your package.
  • All sale items will be shipped using minimal packaging.
  • All purchases of sale items are  FINAL sale. No refunds or exchanges.
  • Discounts will be applied at check out!

The first gold-for-iron campaign began in 1813 in what is now Germany. To fund the Prussian effort to repel the forces of Napoleon, citizens were urged to donate their gold to the state and were given a piece of iron jewelry (what we now call Berlin iron) in return. The drive for gold was quite successful, in fact, it was so successful that wearing gold during this period of war was frowned upon and seen as unpatriotic. Fast forward a century and we come to the second crusade to fund a war with private gold, this time at the outset of WWI. Modeled on the success of Berlin iron, the Habsburgs of Austro-Hungary encouraged the citizenry to make the empire a gift of their gold and silver and were given a piece of iron jewelry in it's place. The war chest effort was not particularly effective this time around, and as we all know, the Austro-Hungarian Empire fell at the end of the first world war. This unusual iron band decorated with gold floral patterning and the years "1914-1915" most likely (but not for sure) came from this war effort. The ring is a wide 7.2mm and is an unsizable size 10.5.

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  • Materials: iron, gold
  • Age: dated 1914-1915
  • Condition: Good - oxidization on the outside of the band
  • Size: US 10.5, cannot be resized; 7.2mm width
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