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Berlin Iron (Fer de Berlin) Pendant Around 1820

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Georgian Jewelry70 of 127Carved Georgian Coral Lariats18th CENTURY SILESIAN WIRE MESH WORK JET CAMEO BRACELET
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Posted 4 years ago


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I'm in the grip of the old iron casting. And so happy to have the opportunity to show it. This very beautiful pendant from so-called Berlin iron (Fer de Berlin) in the neo-Gothic style. Over a three-lobed with pointed sits a wide, delicate embossing sheet. The fine breakthroughs within the Three Passes inspired by a great cast Championship.
Jewelry from Berlin iron was manufactured 1807-1850 during the War of Liberation and the sentence "I gave gold for iron" helped him to great importance. Today this jewelry is available only in a few copies.

Length of the pendant including eye: 5.4 cm.
Width (widest point): 2 cm.
Weight: 3 grams.
Condition: Very nice collector's item, freshly cleaned, see photos.

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  1. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    aghcollect thanks for your quick reaction and loving.
  2. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
    Wow the forging here is so fine.
    An exceptional piece and the design is perfectly balanced.
    I've not seen this style before. Thankyou!
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    A stunning piece of metalwork.
    Congratulations, AGRAM!
  4. AmberRose AmberRose, 4 years ago
  5. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    Vetrai050 thanks for your compliment and loving. But Iron Berlin was casted and not forged that's why it is so special, rare and wonderful.

  6. Newtimes Newtimes, 4 years ago
  7. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    Newtimes, dank je wel, fijne dag!
  8. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    SEAN68, kyratango, LeahGoodwin, AmberRose, Moonstonelover21, tom61375, Manikin, and nutsabotas6 thank you all in supporting by loving.
  9. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 4 years ago
    Agram, it's beautiful and I have not seen anything like it... Congrats
  10. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
    This piece has history.
    I remember my grandma telling me that during the war (I am not sure if she meant the first or second World War because she lived and survived both) citizen were "encouraged" to hand over their gold and in exchange were given an iron nail to hammer into a wooden structure.
  11. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
    I forgot to mention that the structure (whatever it was), was located in the public market square.
  12. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    freiheit, thanks for your useful comment. Yes I know. But this pendant dates from beginning of the 19th century. Please this is the brief history:
    The roots of this jewelry are in the establishment (1804) of the Königliche Eisengießerei (Royal foundry) in Gleiwitz, near Berlin. At that time they began making cast iron utensils such as vases, knives standards, candlesticks, bowls, plaques and medallions and more commercial objects such as fences, bridges and garden furniture.
    A famous and well-known German expert in this area was Johann Conrad Geiss (1771-1846) He was the first private operator of a factory that made this type of jewelry and these pieces were often signed with "Geiss à Berlin" But its also known as name: Fer de Berlin.
    In the early 19th century, the citizens of Germany were called by members of their (Prussian) royal family to exchange their gold and silver jewelry and the money that it yielded, they could buy weapons for the war against France, the so-called Napoleonic Wars. This was a series of wars and conflicts in the period 1804 -1815. The money thus obtained could be used by the German government to finance. Revolt against Napoleon Bonaparte Citizens were given in exchange for their above traded precious jewelry new notes that were made of fine iron. Initially created by the above-mentioned royal foundry in Gleiwitz.
    Making this kind of jewelry was as follows:
    There was molten iron poured into molds specially made for in wax. These molds were pre-coated with fine sand. Once the iron had cooled, the piece, or was, in many cases, utensils, coated with a specially made for this purpose black lacquer. This varnish was made at that time using flaxseed.
    How this jewelry looked depended on the skill of the person who designs and the resulting molds had designed and made. Of course, this was also an excellent casting technique required.
    The first jewelry , including long chains with molded tires were produced in 1806 . Later there were also necklaces that were made of medallions . The mutual connections could not be soldered by the material ( cast iron ), but were connected to each other and / or fixed put with rings. Also jewelery were made from wire work of iron . This type of jewelry is (we think ) mostly from Silesia ( a region that lies between Germany , Poland and Czechoslovakia ) . Although there are many Berlin Iron jewelry is made in England and France .
    Because of their black color this jewelry were initially mostly worn as mourning jewelry . But from one day to another , they were a symbol of patriotism and loyalty to the country and the government . Moreover, they were very nice to see . All in all, a reason why these jewels were in great demand .
    We know now that the peak of production is between 1813 to 1815. But production continued well into the 19th century.
    It is not widely known, but a new, similar attempt in Germany to exchange. Gold and silver jewelry in 1916 The government tried to move to return to finance. The German share in the First World War, their gold jewelry population Again, given the giver than specimens of iron in return. This often had the inscription: Gold gab ich für Eisen (I gave gold for iron) or also: Für das Wohl des Vaterlands (for the good of our country). However, this attempt was not as successful as before in history.
    Today, the so-called Berlin Iron (Fer de Berlin) jewelry collector's items and the most beautiful pieces are usually found in museums or private collections.
    Berlin Iron jewelry have always been expensive even after the 19th century and the value has only increased over the centuries. Even to this day, their prices remain just as high. Most of these iron jewelry are happy still be admired in museums in Germany (Berlin), France and the Victoria & Albert in London.
  13. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    freiheit, see also some examples of the Silesian mesh work jewelry at my link:
  14. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    DrFluffy thanks for your compliment and I'm glad you like it too!
  15. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    BHock45 thanks for loving.
  16. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
    I am impressed about your knowledge:)
  17. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    Bratjjd thanks again for loving.
  18. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    FREIHEIT, what a very nice compliment thank you! Only a few things are needed: passion, time, reading a lot of literature and a little understanding of some languages. The last is necessary one lives in such a small country and do business all over the world. When i was young we have to learn our native language besides English, German and French. So I have and read amongst others books about jewelry in four languages mostly in English and German. I am able to look for jewelry on sales and
    auction in a lot of countries. All together the reason of my knowledge and last but not least the help of fellow collectors on
  19. Stillwater Stillwater, 4 years ago
    Wow, this stuff is incredibly rare. Great piece. I know that they needed gold to fund the war, so they had people exchange their gold jewelry for this iron stuff. Its worth about the same as gold now though, ironic lol.
  20. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    smiata and SEAN68 thank you both for loving
  21. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    Stillwater, thanks again for your interest and comment. And yes because it's this kind of jewelry is so rare it's also valuable. But as I said before, I admire the patience and craftsmanship to make this kind of jewelry.
  22. Agram.m Agram.m, 3 years ago
    BelleEpoque and kyratango thank you both for loving and interest.

  23. Agram.m Agram.m, 3 years ago
    valentino97 and BelleEpoque thanks for your interest and loving
  24. Agram.m Agram.m, 3 years ago
    freiheit thanks for interest and loving
  25. freiheit freiheit, 3 years ago
    You are very welcome. It is always a pleasure looking at your postings an learning from you:)

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