Thursday, November 18, 2010
I've just discovered the wonder of Craigslist. I was able to sell some furniture there last week, and I find myself checking to see what other goodies were available there last weekend, when I came across a listing for a jewelry box full of odds and ends. They said they just didn't have time to disperse it and so they were selling it for a flat fee. I quickly offered to buy it.
It was pretty weird, I admit, sitting in a parking lot on Sunday afternoon waiting to meet the seller. I had no idea what to expect. Robb commented more than once that this was one of my most bizarre quests. Finally, the seller arrived with the box and we drove away with the huge 1970s faux bois box on my lap. I began checking the pieces inside as we drove home and hoped that I would be able to make my money back.
It wasn't until a day or so later that I really carefully inspected the pieces. This rough looking ring, obviously a man's ring, was curious. I could see words, in French, around the inside of the band, but they were not inscribed. So I googled away and discovered that what I had in my hand is called Trench art. Soldiers in World War 1 would turn silver and other metal coins into rings while sitting in their trenches, waiting for something to happen. My newly acquired ring is from a silver coin dated 1909 which was reissued in the 1920s.