Hello. This ring has been in my family since WW2 when my great uncle fought in Africa, Italy, and eventually all the way to the Huertgen Forest in Belgium where he was wounded and sent home.
He was in the Army Rangers and brought back a bunch of war souvenirs, but unfortunately he passed away at a relatively young age in the 1960s and his son sold most of the stuff, including several other rings, guns, daggers, swords, etc.
Anyway, the ring has been passed to me and I was just curious as to its' origins. It isn't one of the rings that have the thick band, and there is no signature on the inside. It does have the 835 marking on the back of the skull, and the eyes appear to be inset rubies. It looks similar to several of the rings found here: WWII German Special Items
Is there any way to find out where he picked this up? Africa? Italy? Western Europe? Is it early or late war? I've done a little research and it appears that it may be (?) an early example? Here are a few pictures. My apologies for the poor quality, my camera isn't the greatest.
Thanks for any help you can offer!