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Field Marshal Archduke Eugene Gold & Iron Gift Ring, Austria-Hungary 1915

This ring was written at one of the most decisive moments in the history of the Austro-Hungarian Dual Monarchy: in the second year of the First World War, when it gradually became clear that the war was not going to be a matter of a few weeks, as had been hoped at the outset. The soldiers sat in the trenches and it became increasingly clear that they would probably not be returning home for some time. The ring here is a piece of military history, as it is a gift ring from Field Marshal Archduke Eugene. Eugene of Austria-Teschen was a member of the Habsburg family and both field marshal of the imperial and royal army and the last secular high prince. Army as well as the last secular Grand Master of the Teutonic Order. During World War I, Eugene took command of the Balkan forces. During this time he awarded rings to deserving soldiers as a special distinction. The ring consists of a circumferential iron band decorated with a laurel wreath. In the centre we see Eugene's monogram an "E" under the Archduke's crown and on the reverse the date "1915". At the edges and on the inside a setting of yellow gold holds the iron band, which was probably added later, again in peacetime, to the expensive memento. Because of the surrounding pattern, the ring cannot be resized, but with a RW 60,5 it is suitable for a gentleman's hand. The ring is very beautifully preserved and found its way to us in Bavaria.

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