DescriptionVon Richthofen Signet Ring. Few aviators have attained the mythical status of the Red Baron. Before he was shot down and killed on April 21, 1918 he had downed 80 of his opponents in aerial combat. His legacy is so strong that the circumstances surrounding his death are hotly debated to this day. The mention of Richthofen's name conjures up images of a red Fokker Triplane turning and wheeling in primitive aerial combat in the skies over France, or at the very least the arch nemesis of a dog named Snoopy.
This ring may be one of the most personal objects belonging to the Richthofen family that has ever been offered for sale. The ring features the Richthofen family crest in intaglio on a Carnelian mounted in a pierced bezel with floral ornamentation on the shoulders. A gold hallmark and an indistinct maker's mark appear on the inner shank. The ring weighs 10.1 grams. The ring is housed in a contemporary Freiburg Court jeweler's leather case with the Richthofen family coat of arms in color applied on the bottom.
In heraldry terms the Richthofen crest is properly described as party per pale: dexter, per fess argent and gules, in chief an eagle's wing erect azure, in base a stalk in its vigilance of the first: sinister, or, a monk habited gules, seated in a chair sable and holding in the dexter hand a staff in pale argent. The shield ensigned with the coronet of a German Baron.
Not only a beautiful piece of jewelry, it is also an item of exceptional historic significance worthy of display in a major museum or an advanced private collection.
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