Rare Early 19th Century Berlin Iron Torpedo Earrings
Berlin iron earrings in a rare elongated torpedo drop form. The popularity of iron and steel jewelry was 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. The earrings have the wonderful juxtaposition of a hard dark iron material in the soft and light form of lace. Circa 1820.
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 inscribed ‘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.
Measure over 3.25" in length. The original ear wires have been changed. Current wires are 18k gold. Wonderfully light and easy to wear.