Antique Circa 1943 Navy Chief Petty Officer Ring in 10K
We are incredibly pleased to offer this historic antique Navy Chief Petty Officer's Ring. For those unaware, the Navy Chief Petty Officer holds a position of distinction across the Armed Services. Quoting from the US Navy's "History of the Chief" website: "When confronted with a problem, the age-old catchphrase “ask the Chief,” is a household phrase in and out of the Navy. Required to be a font of wisdom, an ambassador of goodwill, Chiefs provide vital solutions to both Officer and Enlisted personnel making them a lynchpin to the success of daily operations in the Navy."
The Navy device denoting the Chief Petty Officer is the Fouled Anchor, first used as the Chief Petty Officer Rank Device in 1907.
This ring is an acquisition from a local O'ahu Estate. It belonged to a family member many, many, many years ago and was rediscovered while paring back on some jewelry pieces. The estate felt that perhaps this would be acquired by another Navy Chief and worn with the same pride as its former owner. As the story goes, the original owner retired from the Navy after World War II and settled with his family in Hawai'i. The family has remained here since. The mind reels at considering the places this ring has been.
The ring carries the Maker's Mark "MFM." From that we are able to establish a date of approximately 1943 for the ring. We have attached a copy of the Maker's Registry for this mark showing it to be Madier & Milenko of New York City, circa 1934, circa 1943. The "MFM" stood for Max F. Madier when the company was renamed in about 1943.
This ring is solid 10K Yellow Gold. It is in remarkably good condition for its age. It was sized, probably many, many years ago, and the mark from resizing is visible as shown. It could be redone and polished by any reputable jeweler, but we believe it should remain as is - as the sizing was part of its history. It is a size 9.25 (9 1/4) and has a weight of 6.6 grams.
NOTE: We will offer a 20% Discount to any Navy CPO wanting to acquire this ring. We only ask that you provide us a copy of your Navy CPO ID showing your name. Other identifying information can be redacted. Send us a note from our "Contact" Page for details.