My great grandfather stole this ring off a Nazi in WW2, can anyone identify it? I have never been able to find this exact ring or something like it online. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
The ring is back at my parent's house in a safe. More angles honestly wouldn't probably do much for you.
Also, i have seen Nazi jewelry parallel, but it is uncommon. Pretty sure my great grandpa lied to his family.
Okay, well as far as i'm concerned there never where any offically issued rings.
So it just could be any kind of private ring.
Maybe someone in the military spent his first earned money on this thing or something.
I think you should happy if your grandpa lied to you, taking jewlery from a dead man is not very brave, even it's a nazi. (Though not all german soldiers where nazis, some where forced to do service in the military)
It's rather a sad story than anything you should tell your grandchildren.
Maybe he was right though, but my first reaction is skeptical. There are a few red flags for me. I also imagine there are no hallmarks or you would have mentioned them.
First and foremost, the swastika isn't turned by 1/8th. Second, it looks cast, rather poorly. The surface of the signet ring looks uneven and the swastika soldered on. Period rings were stamped and soldered to fit.Judged by the uneven finish this looks 'homemade' so it's neither military nor political. Also there should be a maker hallmark on the inside and markings on either the in or outside of the shank.
I'd say that likely this ring originally sported another design. Would explain the sorta undefined decorations on the side. Perhaps it's the work of an amateur silversmith, who knows? It has little to no provenance, which does not debunk the story in itself but given that for every authentic ring there must be a 100 (Eastern European) copies I remain skeptical. But it is important to keep in mind that back then rings like these were sold as souvenirs. Dachau for example, morbid as that may be.
Not sure if these are any better. Or i accidentally picked the same one. Apparently i took 2 pics of it
>mfw you'll never scalp a nazi and steal his ring and give it to your grandkids
Same thing applies really. Could go into more detail but i imagine the looks of it are sufficient to conclude it's homemade.
I'm not quite sure what material is though. Initially i thought silver judging on the colour. However there is no tarnish where you'd usually find this on silver jewelry from contact with your skin but it does look somewhat worn down in detail. Also there is this slightly green spot, perhaps oxidation indicating copper?
Still it would be a peculiar thing for a soldier to wear. Rather brash really given the nature of a signet ring. But you know, your guess is as good as mine.
A signet like this is rather uncommon, it does not really identify the sender.It bears neither reference to a person, nor a batallion, division, NSDAP, police whatever. Even so on stamps from that period the swastika is also slightly turned. Misaligned if you may.
fuccboi GI's who were stuck working logistics during WWII often bought things like this after the war to compensate
this was probably bought at some gunshow.
if only gramps knew those were East-Asian scripts, huh? visit an identification board on a WWII collector's forum and you'll see you're not the only one with a fuccboi gramp
doesn't look like german design, the sqiggly lines on the side and the mostly rectangular shape is pretty uncommen. Looks more like some kind of knock-off buddist or maybe central-american ring
yah it's a deaths head ring.
Probably my favorite thing i own.