for Fun...NOT for Sale                                  This effort has been going on longer than we care to admit.
 This page last updated July 22, 2014

This page is expected to have other photos from time to time.

Loved Ones in Service                              January 13, 2011 - February 1, 2011
Locket Rings, group 1                               February 1, 2011 - February 15, 2011
Ruptured Duck rings                                February 15, 2011 - March 8, 2011
Locket Rings, group 1  [redux]               March 8, 2011 - September 26
Locket Ring, Trifari                                  September 26, 2011 - November 11, 2011
German-American War rings                November 11, 2011 - December 25, 2011
Rings, all services, all times                    December 25, 2011 - February 2, 2012
Rings for the Ladies, USMC                   February 2, 2012 - September 20, 2012
Gumball Machine Rings                          September 20, 2012 - March 1, 2013
Large Scroll/Eagle base rings                March 1, 2013 - May 1, 2013
Locket Ring, Trifari                                  May 1, 2013 - April 1, 2014
Big 3                                                            April 1, 2014 - July 16, 2014
Some Oddballs [a]                                    July 16, 2014 ---

We have been remiss in updating our “For Fun…not for sale” page for too long [in part because what has been up for so long is simply a very tough act to follow]: we have changed it today, and we’ll try to do a better job in the future.


A friend of PLUSdoesNOTequalAND Publishing has allowed us to use a few pictures of some of his collected militaria, as a sharing for others who might be interested in such things.  The owner has categorically stated no interest whatsoever in selling the collection, or parts of it [unless you're making a bona fide offer of something more than $10K just for the sweetheart component; perhaps thrice that for the rings alone], so messages to us with that objective will be disregarded.  These photos are posted simply as entertainment and perhaps education for those who might enjoy; it allows us to bring something to visitors they might well never see otherwise...and our friend gets a place to display some of the results of his collecting, something he does, he says, as sort of a frustrated museum curator, for a time getting the privilege of caring for a part of history.

[We ask your forgiveness for the quality of some of the photographs.]



This inexpensive ring of brass has been in the collection for quite some time.  It was apparently once plated, but virtually all of that is now gone, as is most of the gold in the intaglio.  What it most interesting about it is that this stone carrying the Marine Corps emblem is mounted in an Army ring: the wording around the stone is "United States Army", and note the "USA" that the shoulder eagle rests on, also denoting "Army".




A recent acquisition, this sterling ring from WWII, bears the wording "UNITED STATES MARINES" around the face which carries the Great Seal which generally denoted "Army".  The shoulders on this one confirm Marines with a display of a Marine emblem.

While not particularly common, many a GI served a period in one service and then went to another; it still happens today.  It appears some such personnel customized rings to display both services.  We cannot help but wonder if there isn't a ring or two out there honoring three or more services.

Here's another sterling piece that's been in the collection for some time; note the two very unusual characteristics of the emblem on the face: it is intaglio-like, a depression rather than a protrusion; and, the anchor flukes are down to the right as viewed.

Our guess is that it likely pre-dates WWII.

This sterling ring, very similar to the Marine Corps ring immediately above it, is another recent acquisition; it brought information about the Marine version that hadn't even been suspected.

The key element is the initials, "US" and "NR" that are reversed.  They are worn, but still pretty clear, and surely indicate that these were designed to be depressed into hot wax seals.  Someday perhaps we will stumble on more information about these, or somebody will offer information on when and where these were used and for what specific purpose.

For now, we are delighted that they are in a collection and likely to be saved for posterity.  The owner says he'd like to bump into a similar ring for each of the other services [reasonably, or even "bargain" priced].  An Army emblem would provide a sense of completion, as would an Air Corps, or Coast Guard [that would complete the "naval" services].  It would be awesome to have all five Armed Forces...and the Sixth Service [Merchant Marine], and almost beyond belief to have all seven Uniformed Services.  [This has us wondering once again: how many people can name them all; or even know that there are seven?]



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