Much of man’s history is marked by the classic wars and battles that have been fought throughout the ages. Not only is collecting antique military rings a hobby that can open your eyes to many historical events it can also help you get in touch with the personal side of what goes into a real battle and a real war. The people that fought so bravely to defend their country sometimes leave behind a legacy that we can discover all over again in the military rings they leave behind and the stories that those military rings can tell all on their own.
Even the most battle tested soldier wants to take something away from their time in the military that they can display on a regular basis. A military ring is something that many military personnel get made to commemorate their time in the military. Some decorate their rings with the battles they have fought and the events that they feel shaped their time in the military. Military rings have been around as long as there has been a military. In ancient time conquering soldiers would wear the jewelry of those that they conquered as their badge of honor.
They would pass these rings and other pieces of jewelry to their future generations and then these rings would wind up in museums as artifacts from great wars and battles gone by. Antique military rings from service in wars that have happened in the past couple of centuries usually do not find their way into museums. Those that served have their jewelry passed on to their future generations and those that have lost their lives are usually remember for the rings they wore or there are rings made to commemorate their lives. Military jewelry can be very emotional items.
Families that hold on to antique military rings are usually very reluctant to put them on display in any way. Either one family member will wear the ring as a memory of the life that was lost or the ring is put away to be passed down from generation to generation as a remembrance of those that bravely fought and lost their lives. It doesn’t matter what branch of the service they served in, all branches have rings to commemorate their service. The Air Force, the Army, the Navy, and the Marines all have ways of putting their service into the form of a ring. Most military divisions have their own logos and ring designs that are used for nearly all the rings that are made and worn by the people that have served. You can always tell what branch of service someone is in by the ring that they wear to commemorate their servic.
Antique military rings can tell stories of wars that happened generations ago. Heroes from World War I have their rings passed on from generation to generation and those rings all have their own stories to tell. World War II veterans also have rings that they pass on to their children and grand children and these heroes of the last great war can put their stories and experiences all in the ring that they place on their finger. We can see these stories for ourselves and come in contact with that kind of history when we come across these antique military rings. It can be a very humbling experience.