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Ring, Korea 1952.
Old 05-28-2019, 11:10 AM   #1
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Neat example i found recently, hope members find it of interest
p.s. I pressume its missing a stone of sorts to the middle
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Old 05-29-2019, 07:18 AM   #2
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A nice GI souvenir pickup! Yes, it presumably had some stone in the center. I love the way the letters are done to look like the brush strokes of Korean or Chinese symbols. No flies on the Koreans when it came to marketing!
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Old 05-29-2019, 08:36 AM   #3
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I’m not sure it had as much to do with trying to make the letters look like kanji as it did the shape of the tool. I think it’s a simple handheld engravers tool that they used, and just made impressions where they could make straight lines. I own a few of these rings, they are great and imho vastly underrated and undervalued pieces, kind of apropos for “the forgotten war.”
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Thank you both for your replies Cannot see why this can't be a British souvenir and im wondering what material these were made from Should i get it tested to see if its gold
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Old 05-30-2019, 08:30 AM   #5
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Thank you both for your replies Cannot see why this can't be a British souvenir and im wondering what material these were made from Should i get it tested to see if its gold
Probably not gold, but if it has that appearance, it’s probably brass- a common metal used for these. There were silver rings, many of those were marked simply “silver” on the inside. Could be British; any forces over there brought back souvenirs. Lots of USA GI’s had these, made for sweethearts too- “Korea”
In a heart shaped brass ring was common. I’ve been collecting these for a while- unit marked, personalized, enameled, bejeweled, are all desirable. If you should happen to find the jeweled and enameled “tiger face” ring, that is a very rare and desirable ring. I’ll attach a picture of mine in a bit.
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Old 05-30-2019, 10:11 AM   #6
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Here’s mine
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