Berlin Iron

Berlin Iron was mostly made in the early 19th century and had a black lacy effect. It was sand cast and then lacquered and often were Neo Classical in style. A large quantity of it was made in Germany during the Prussian War of Liberation against Napoleon (1813-15). It gained international attention when the wealthy citizens of Germany were asked to contribute their fine jewelry of gold and gemstones to the war effort and in return gave its patrons iron jewelry that had the inscription “Gold gab ich fur Eisen 1813” (I gave gold for iron). After the war, it was still popular and was desirable as mourning jewelry in England, Germany and France.

  • Berlin Iron Bracelet