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For nearly 50 years, we have collected Military & Patriotic jewelry, and Dale had a passion for rings.  The countries represented will be the U.S., Japan and Germany (German rings are now in the German Material section).  The time period which is covered will run from the mid-1800's to WWII, with the preponderance being from WWII.  These rings are, and have always been extremely popular and difficult to obtain. All guaranteed original.  The examples listed herein will barely scratch the surface of what we have.  It will take a long time for the entire collection to be offered, so please check back from time to time. 

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BLACK VELVET RING STANDS   We bought a small supply of these stands many years ago, in anticipation of publishing a book on all the rings we collected.  That did not happen, so I will sell the supply we have.  All brand new, never been used, most still in the plastic bag.

Single Ring - $2 each

Double Ring - $3 each

Approximate sizes are given only because some people ask.  We don't sell these as modern rings to wear, but as vintage collectibles.

2R  -  WWII PARATROOPER BRACELET, RING & EARRINGS   A rare opportunity to find such a nice grouping.  It includes Paratrooper bracelet, and for the lady, a nice pair of paratroop wing earrings and a paratroop ring.  The bracelet is a heavy, commercial model with commercial wing mounted.  Professional work.  Fine sharp condition.  7 1/2" long end to end.  The earrings are a charming addition to the lot.  Don't believe I've seen another pair.  Small, delicate; stamped STERLING on the back.  3/4" wide.  Nice detail, especially on such a small item.  Lastly, the lady's ring...it is hand made and quite nice.  Can tell it's hand made, but only under a loupe.  Approximate size 6.5+.  $250

3R  -  WWI  3rd ARMY SILVER RING   Elevated oval face of polished semi-precious gem or glass, with 3rd Army patch engraved into it, and color added to the depression.   Decorative shoulders.   830 silver body.   Excellent condition.   Approximate size 7.   $50

4R  -  WWI 1st CORPS INSIGNIA MILITARY RING   White and blue concentric circles in fired enamel, like a bullseye, with a large blue "A" at center.  Also has very thin silver lines around the white and blue.  Nice condition, with some white enamel a bit bumpy.  Sides have a small area of rococo scrolls.  There is a rectangular mark inside the band, but not sure what it signifies.  Approximate size 10.  $40

5R  -  WWII US COAST GUARD STERLING PHOTO LOCKET RING   A rare ring featuring the United States Coast Guard insignia, anchors with shield in the middle with SEMPER PARATUS, and UNITED STATES COAST GUARD 1790 ringing the shield.  The sides have a boldly spread eagle over shields.  High relief and good detail.  The top piece with the insignia is actually a movable lid, which exposes a place underneath for a photo of wife, mother or girlfriend; there is a piece of plastic to cover a photo.  I don't think this ring was ever worn, but is in fact old, original inventory from a jewelry or supply store.  Stamped inside is STERLING and on the other side PAT. PEND.  Approximate size 11.5.  Wonderful ring.  $95

6R  -  WWII AMERICAN EMBLEM HINGED STERLING PHOTO LOCKET RING   One of the neatest patriotic - military rings sold during WWII.  This one features the National Emblem on the hinged cover plate, which rotates, revealing a small cavity for photo.  This type of ring was fairly inexpensive and popular, and it also could be found with insignia of all the services.  This ring is in excellent condition, showing some minor use or handling.  It is stamped "STERLING" and "PAT PEND" inside.  Approximate size is 12.  Very special.  $95

7R  -  WWII U.S.N. HINGED STERLING PHOTO LOCKET RING  One of the neatest patriotic - military rings sold during WWII.  This one features the US Navy, with U.S.N. and the Navy logo on the hinged cover plate, which rotates, revealing a small cavity for photo.  This one has photo of a lady, but could be a stock photo; I think I've seen the same lady in others that we have had from old store stock.  This type of ring was fairly inexpensive and popular, and it also could be found with insignia of all the services.  This ring is in excellent condition, showing some minor use or handling.  It is stamped "STERLING" and "PAT PEND" inside.  Approximate size is 12.5+.  Very special.  $95

8R  -  CIVIL WAR SOLDIER'S RING 3rd REGIMENT NEW HAMPSHIRE    Don't know whether this was commercially made or made by the soldier.  Very nicely done.  Made from hard, dark brown wood.  Basic body is "U" shaped, with a large, flat top, inlaid with a large silver plate.  The wood has 2 parallel grooves in its sides, and the ring's width expands toward the top.  The silver plate on top is professionally engraved with soldier's unit and state information "3rd Regt/N.H.V.".   A soldier's ring with unit information on it is one of the rarest personal items you could own.  No soldier's name associated with the ring.  Approx. size 7.   $595

10R  -  FINE WWII US ARMY MEDICAL DEPARTMENT RING   Standard design employed on most unit/insignia rings.  Face is tall oval surrounded by a deep blue, fired enamel band having this text, "MEDICAL DEPARTMENT U.S. ARMY".  Within this band is a black oval with a silver caduceus at center.  Shoulders have spread eagles standing on American shields.  Fine detail.  Choice condition.  Stamped inside "GROUSE CO. / STERLING".  Tough to find better.  For the medical officer.  Approximate size 12.5.  $95

11R  -  WWII U.S. ARMY RING, ONCE HAD UNIT INSIGNIA, NOW GONE  This is a very nice vintage ring, which used to have a unit insignia crest on the top, but somehow just turned to mush...can't explain how.  Not even sure which side of the stone was facing up, but you can see one side is blue, with an arrow.  Maybe there is another layer that is now missing.  The ring body is still usable and good quality, ready for any other type of insert.  The opening on top is roughly 1/2" square.  I see no markings for sterling or such, but it sure seems like silver.  Approximate size 9.75.   $10

12R  -  WWII MINIATURE COAST GUARD ACADEMY "RING" NECKLACE    Gold plated with blue stone, surrounded by the wording "U.S. COAST GUARD ACADEMY".  Shoulders have shield with crossed swords above.  Fascinating piece.  Super tiny, made as a ring, but way too small to wear.  Rather, it has a tiny link on the bottom side to accommodate a delicate chain necklace.  Used as a "going steady", or a sweetheart necklace instead of a big, clunky, full size Academy ring.  The only one I've ever seen in thousands of rings I've examined and/or purchased over the decades.  5/8" high.  Mint.  There is a very tiny stamp inside of two words, too small to photograph, but can see STERLING and another word hard to make out, all with magnification.  $40

13R  -  SCARCE WWII 44th SIGNAL COMPANY UNIT CREST RING   Standard design employed on most unit/insignia rings.  Face is tall oval, surrounded by a narrow blue fired enamel band in which is this text "44th SIGNAL COMPANY U.S. ARMY".  Inner oval features the unit crest.  Sides have spread eagles on American shields.  Medium wear to ring.  All wording and eagles retain detail.  Unit crest is difficult to identify even though it is totally seen.  Worn "STERLING / GROUSE", only partially visible.  Approximate size 11.  $45

14R  -  8th ARMY OR 8TH CORPS RING WWI or WWII?   It seems to us to be WWI in style, but from the pictorial references we have, it could be WWII.  However, based entirely on style, we lean more towards WWII.  You decide.  The top is nearly flat and squat.  Has 8 sided patch in fired enamel divided into four red and four gold background color.  Fluted sides.  Really nice condition.  Brass.  Approximate size 10.  $25

16R  -  WWII REALLY DIFFERENT AIR CORPS STERLING RING   Never seen another like it and we've collected near 1000 military rings for our private collection.  Top consists of two tall, flag, narrow ovals, sitting side by side.  The left oval has Air Corps insignia applied.  The right oval is undecorated; perhaps it was meant to have initials engraved on it.  The ring body itself is plain and narrow.  Condition is fine.  Stamped STERLING underneath.  Approximate size 5.5.   $45

17R  -  WWII STERLING ARMY AIR CORPS RING  One of the most attractive and innovative WWII patriotic rings we've encountered.  Right half begins with high relief roll which spills off the right side.  It is faced with a billowing U.S. flag in full color of inlaid, fired enamel.  Left side has flat on top with "U.S.A." over domed full color fired enamel Air Corps insignia.  Inside is stamped "DES PAT 134630" over "STERLING" and DG logo.  Approx size 11.  Prime condition.  $150

18R  -  PRE-WWII ORGANIZATIONAL RING QM MOTOR TRANSPORT SCHOOL    Standard form. Blue enamel ring reads “QM MOTOR TRANSPORT SCHOOL, 1936, 1937”. Spread wing eagle on both sides, nice and sharp.  Stamped “STERLING C. K. GROUSE”.  Moderate wear on top.  Everything is clear.  Unit crest at center.  Approximate size 9.5.   $50

20R  -  10K GOLD WWII NATIONAL EMBLEM RING   Flat oval top face.  Has a raised National Emblem applied.  Sides have spread eagles with shields.  Stamped inside "10K".  Some overall light smooth wear.  Approximate size 7.  $95

21R  -  WWII 50th ARMORED DIVISION CORPS INSIGNIA STERLING RING  According to online sources, the 50th was activated 5 July 1946, and deactivated 1 September 1993.  It was part of the Army National Guard.  Before 1968, New Jersey supported the 50th, and was named "JERSEY BLUES".  The ring is in really nice condition, the fired enamel all intact.  The tri-color pyramid has the number 50 at top.  The insignia is applied to the mirror bright backing layer.  Sides have conventional spread eagle over American shields, with crossed swords behind the shield.  Marked STERLING and next to it is a U over top of an arrow.  Approximate size 9.  $50

22R  -  WWII 27th ARMORED DIVISION CORPS INSIGNIA RING  Consists of the tri-color pyramid with 27 in top quadrant.  Shoulders have raised wing eagle over shields.  Excellent condition, with a tiny spot of red missing from the top.  Marked STERLING and next to it is a U over top of an arrow.  Approximate size 10.75.  $50

24R  -  WWII 32nd DIVISION RED ARROW RING   The patch is the red arrow, which is also its formal name...the Red Arrow Division.  The ring design is Art Deco - the sides have a horizontal series of what look like bellows, elongating as they go up.  Top has a single long, raised area across the top, which has red arrows punched through the metal, exposing dark red painted cavity.  Approximate size 9.25.  $95

25R  -  IDENTIFIED WWII 140th INFANTRY US ARMY RING  Conventional design with the main data "140TH INFANTRY U.S. ARMY" encircling the center where the unit crest can be seen. The sides have the usual eagles with shield. The mark inside is "GROUSE CO STERLING". Also crudely scratched inside the ring (because it's hard to do it on the curve) is "FEB 1945 PAUL S GROSSMAN", legible. It was hard to capture it as sharply in the photo, due to the curve. I have not had a chance to do any research on this soldier. Very nice shape overall, showing some minor wear upon close examination. Approximate size 10.5.  $75

26R  -  AN EXQUISITE WWII UNIT RING U.S. ARMY EUROPE   One of the most handsome unit rings we've found, the insignia for "U.S. ARMY / EUROPE".  Top face of ring is a shield shaped glass rendering of the colorful insignia.  The entire patch has all the colors and designs within it.  Each side of the ring made from deep vertical grooves.  Silver quality 935 stamped inside.  Beautiful condition.  Lovely colors.  Approximate size 11+.  $95

28R  -  WWII UNIDENTIFIED DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA STERLING RING   In full color fired enamel.  Against a tall oval face is the insignia which is in shield shape, the bottom half is red with gold fleur-de-lis.  The upper half has a blue horizontal cross in front of what appears to be a lion with paw up, against a white background.  There are some tiny cracks, and a couple tiny pieces of white enamel missing.  Also one vertical crack in the red portion, to the right of the fleur-de-lis.  The sides have eagles.  Stamped STERLING inside the band.  Looks like it has seen some good use over the years.  Approximate size 9.  $35

29R  -  WWI 8th DIVISION UNIT INSIGNIA 800 SILVER RING   Converted to an occupation souvenir, by the addition on both sides of panels...one reading "1918" and the other "GERMANY" (GER is smoothed down).  Top face is a fairly flat oval with cobalt blue fired enamel 8th Division insignia.  This ring was worn a good deal, showing some areas of worn blue enamel, as well as the word on the side.  Stamped 800 underneath the top.  The ring is split on the bottom, so it can be sized, although it doesn't move easily.  Approximate size is 6.75+.   $45

30R  -  CAMP PERRY  - WWII NATIONAL MATCHES RING - INCREDIBLE RING  The top insignia is a circular target in red, white (silver) and blue (the red and blue is enamel).  The outer ring bears the miniature text "NATIONAL MATCHES / CAMP PERRY O.".  Valuable and rare memento of these early matches.  Sides have standard spread eagles with American shields.  Very good used condition.  No missing enamel.  Crisp lettering.  Marked "STERLING" inside, plus a couple unknown marks which may deal with sizing.  Approximate size 11.5.  $195

32R  -  WWII 27th INFANTRY DIVISION RING   The "New York Division".  The patch design is a branch style monogram, NY in red on a black field.  Has an octagonal face with applied circular sheet metal disc with insignia on it in color.  Fairly plain ring body, with light fluted sides.  Believe this is silver plated brass.  Years ago, Dale purchased a small lot of original store inventory, so the sizes will vary from around a 9 to perhaps 9.75.  Absolutely original.  Each $30

33R  -  WWII 44th INFANTRY DIVISION RING   Insignia consists of two blocky 4's, back to back.  Has an octagonal top face to which is applied a circular, thin sheet metal embossed with its colored insignia.  Fairly plain ring body, with light fluted sides.  Believe this is silver plated brass.  Years ago, Dale purchased a small lot of original store inventory, so the sizes will vary from around a 9 to perhaps 9.75.  Absolutely original.  Each $30

 

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