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AUSTRIAN – BADGE – DAMAGED

SKU: 01-729

$25.00

This is an unusual badge that has lost its attachment pin. Measuring 1″ in diameter, it has an elaborate, enamel face that features a winged lion holding an open book with one paw (the symbol for St. Mark the Evangelist). The gilt metal lion and book are displayed in moderate high-relief against a circular red enamel background in the badge’s center. A blue enamel border encircles three-quarters of the badge’s outer edge. The border contains three words separated by dots: “Ovar – Ducat -Venet.” It may refer to Venice, and its famous St. Mark’s Basilica. At one time, Venice issued ducats that were used as a type of international currency when Venice was a powerful city-state. The bottom quarter is covered with white enamel, wherein three metal symbols appear. These symbols are two metal rosettes/flowers on either side of what appear to be a set of crossed keys (or perhaps swords).


Description

This is an unusual badge that has lost its attachment pin. Measuring 1″ in diameter, it has an elaborate, enamel face that features a winged lion holding an open book with one paw (the symbol for St. Mark the Evangelist). The gilt metal lion and book are displayed in moderate high-relief against a circular red enamel background in the badge’s center. A blue enamel border encircles three-quarters of the badge’s outer edge. The border contains three words separated by dots: “Ovar – Ducat -Venet.” It may refer to Venice, and its famous St. Mark’s Basilica. At one time, Venice issued ducats that were used as a type of international currency when Venice was a powerful city-state. The bottom quarter is covered with white enamel, wherein three metal symbols appear. These symbols are two metal rosettes/flowers on either side of what appear to be a set of crossed keys (or perhaps swords).