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  • Item Category: Metals
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: May 18, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House


Up for auction is a pair of ceramic/porcelain LION OF LUCERNE bookends in a bronze finish which were part of an Estate Sale. The Lion of Lucerne is a historical monument in Lucerne , Switzerland which commemorates the over 700 Swiss Guard who died in the French Revolution. Many of the upper-class European travelers who participated in the âeoeGrand Tourâe in the 1800âe(tm)s included visiting the Lion of Lucerne Monument as part of their educational tour. Many would bring home a set of Lion of Lucerne bookends or statues to remember the historical reference of the Lion. To date, the Lion of Lucerne is a collectorâe(tm)s item in various forms. It would make a great addition to any collector of historical or military memorabilia.

This is a beautiful pair in good condition with a nice hammered bronze finish. Carved below the Lion are the words: âeoe HELVETIORUM FIDEI AC VIRTUTIâe - âeoeTo the Loyalty and Courage of the Swissâe . T are a couple of small chips on the bottom, but not very noticeable when the pair are displayed.

Measurement: 8 ¾âe L x 6âe H x 3âe W

Weight: 3 ½ lbs. each!

*The Grand Tour was an upper-class European travel itinerary that flourished from about 1660 until the arrival of mass rail transit in the 1840s. The Grand Tour served as an educational rite of passage for males
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