A discovery made by Auschwitz museum curators undertaking careful maintenance work on part of the vast collection of materials looted by the SS, has revealed a gold ring and necklace hidden in a mug (one of thousands of pieces of enamel kitchenware at the museum) that had a false bottom. The hiding of precious materials inside their belongings by prisoners is not exactly news, not to those who have studied the events to any length, yet this find, some 70-odd years after the fact, remains a wonderful discovery. The ring and necklace have been examined and documented accordingly - sadly, no identifiable marks are extant, so the original owners will, in all likelihood, never be found. Over time, the enamel mugs' degradation process revealed the second bottom and the items were discovered. Tests show the items were made in Poland during 1921-1931 - marks bearing a knight's head and the number '3', helped with identification. Various tests, including X-rays and the XRF method (used to determine the presence of gold, silver etc) were also used.
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Auschwitz mug reveals jewellery hidden 70 years ago - BBC News