Originally Posted by RaymondG
The ring found you? That sounds like there was an almost supernatural element to the meeting of man and ring.
It's a long story Raymond, but the basics are as follows:
1. RAMC soldier serving in Berlin is gifted the ring from the holder, whom he befriended while working on post-war welfare/reconstruction work (gave chocolates to the man's children and he had nothing of value to give in return..............except the ring).
2. In the 1990s, the vet's daughter (a librarian) spots an SS TK ring in one of my books and tells her dad it might be worth something.
3. Vet decides to sell the ring, as none of his family wants it.
4. Vet takes ring to nearby auctioneers in Warwick.
5. Auctioneers don't know if the ring is genuine so contact me for an opinion.
6. I see it is OK, and decide to bid on it.
7. I win the ring.
8. Via the auctioneers, I contact the seller who relates all the story about how he got the ring, his daughter seeing it in the book, etc. etc.
So..................nothing supernatural, but I still think that destiny decreed the ring should end up in the Land of the Picts.
It's almost mint. Belonged to a Georg Simetsreiter, who served in the SS Welfare Department (ties in with his later work with the RAMC) and with the Hunyadi Division.