Antique Continental Silver Lion Box

Date: Circa 1880

Country: Continental

Stock Number: 8102

An excellent quality antique silver box in the form of a recumbent lion, the famous Lion of Lucerne. The box opens from underneath with a sliding cover and has the inscription "HELVETIORUM FIDEI AC VIRTUTI" (To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss). Weight 204 grams, 6.5 troy ounces. Measures 10 x 4.25 cms, height 5.25 cms. Marked on the cover with continental silver marks "K" and a shield with an arm holding an arrow. Continental. Circa 1880.

Literature: The Lion Monument is a sculpture in Lucerne, Switzerland designed by Bertel Thorvaldson and exceuted in 1820-21 by Lucas Ahorn. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris, France. Mark Twain praised the sculpture of a mortally-wounded lion as 'the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.' For more information go to - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion_Monument

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