Berlin Iron Fleur de lis Bracelet
Early 19th Century Berlin Iron bracelet with fleur de lis panels. The popularity of iron and steel jewelry is considered a result of wartime political and social climates. Although its unique style had an enduring appeal and was worn as mourning jewelry well into the 19th century. Circa 1830.
Similar piece featured in the book 'Cut-Steel and Berlin Iron Jewellery' by Anne Clifford. Both bracelets are comprised of lighter weight, stamped out elements rather than heavy cast panels as found in the German examples.
Cast Iron jewelry was developed in Germany in 1806 it became the symbol of Prussian patriotism and resistance to Napoleon I in the Prussian War of Liberation fought from 1813-15. Women donated gold jewelry to their country in exchange for iron. Occasionally rings are found inscribed 'Gold gab ich fur eisen" ‘I gave gold for iron’
The jewelry gained an international profile. Demand peaked in the 1830s, when Berlin alone had 27 foundries and manufacture spread to France and Austria.
Decorative hidden push clasp. Measure over 7.50" in length and 1.75" wide. Wonderfully light and easy to wear.