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Rare 19th Century Berlin Iron Earrings
The iron vines interweave with each other to form the shape of these rare Berlin Iron earrings documented in the earliest research by Anne Clifford on page 83 of the book "Cut Steel and Berlin Iron Jewellry". Iron jewelry such as this was made in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Napoleon's armies battled hard and long with Germany in the desire to enlarge their empire. Both the German and French treasuries were greatly diminished and the war continued. The German Government went to the populace for gold, promising them iron jewelry in its place. Napoleon later stole the iron molds from German factories and ordered his jewelers to execute designs in iron jewelry. The earrings are as light as earrings can be. They have their original ear wires that are inserted into the ear from the back and secured in the front. This makes it possible to slip the long teardrop off and wear only the top if wished. Add the bottom for drama. Such earrings are called appropriately day-night earrings. The ear wires can be changed to shepherds hooks as we wear today. The condition is perfect and original. Length 2 1/2 in Width 1/2 in.


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