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Berlin Iron Cross on Berlin Iron Chain

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This piece is totally original. It was made circa 18215. The roots of Berlin Iron Jewellery can be traced back to the establishment of the Royal Berlin Foundry in 1804. The Royal Berlin Foundry started with the production of iron goods such as vases, knife stands, candelabra, bowls, plaques and medallions, as well as more commercial articles such as fences, bridges and garden furniture. The first jewellery items, such as long chains with cast links, were produced in 1806.

The production of iron jewellery reached its peak between 1813 and 1815, when the Prussian royal family urged all citizens to contribute their gold and silver jewellery towards funding the uprising against Napoleon during the War of Liberation. In return the people were given iron jewellery such as brooches, finger rings and crosses. It became a symbol of patriotism and loyalty and with its obvious aesthetic appeal, became popular overnight.
This piece is a classic example and would fit well in a collection and can still be worn to great effect.

Written by Olly Gerrish
Date & OriginGeorgian (1714-1830), German
ConditionVery good
ProvenanceGerman