1892 Glarus


 1892 Glarus Shooting Medal1892 Glarus Shooting Medal

Actual 45 mm size by Huguenin, Le Locle.

Obverse.

Lady Helvetia, dignified flowing finery, allegory of the Confederacy, Her left hand high for the Schwurhand, an oath gesture in traditional depictions of the Rütlischwur, right hand rests upon the blazon shield bearing the Cross.

Staunch steely view, of far western sighting yonder, determined of a united brotherhood, a vow She has sworn to keep, protection by all and for all.

Lay off bare of uncovered feet, twain branches of alpine flora bounded at their ends in softly delicate ribbon signifying the textiles manufacturing heritage of the lands. She stands at the outcrop, high view of the virtues in the unity, always at the edge readiness to defend with the shield of Confederacy.

Picturesque scene of distance olden Glarus Alps’ highest peak - the Tödi, and of lush alpine forest, great river Linth, all bearing forever silently witnesses of many acclaimed deeds of the lands, as the city-settlement Glarus flourish along in annuls pasting ages of time past.

Inscriptions.

“Gendenket der Thaten Eurer Vater!” – “Remember That of your Forefathers!”

Reverse.

Heraldic blazon emblem of St. Fridolinus the patron saint of city with intricately embracing by couplet flora oaken and laurel branches, the triumph champions of the Schützenfest shot compete.


Background.

The Rütlischwur is the legendary oath taken at the foundation of the Old Swiss Confederacy by the representatives of the three founding cantons, traditionally dated to 1307. It is named for the site of the oath taking, the Rütli, a meadow above Lake Uri near Seelisberg.

Wir wollen sein ein einzig Volk von Brüdern,
in keiner Not uns trennen und Gefahr.
Wir wollen frei sein, wie die Väter waren,
eher den Tod, als in der Knechtschaft leben.
Wir wollen trauen auf den höchsten Gott
und uns nicht fürchten vor der Macht der Menschen.

We want to be a single People of brethren,
Never to part in danger nor distress.
We want to be free, as our fathers were,
And rather die than live in slavery.
We want to trust in the one highest God
And never be afraid of human power.

Werner Stauffacher for Schwyz, Walter Fürst for Uri and Arnold of Melchtal for Unterwalden, the figures of the three oath takers or Eidgenossen during the 16th century became known as "the Three Tells".

This oath of the mentioned three men takes place in Walter Fürst's house in Altdorf and basically consists of a promise to meet again on 1 August on the Rütli meadow and to bring with them leading and brave men of the three cantons to decide upon a common action plan.”

In memory of, The Rütlischwur oath chronicles where the representatives of the Three Forest Cantons first laid bulwark foundations for birth of the Confederacy, the defining guiding principles of unity and brotherhood, leading to the great deeds forged across the annuals of history.

 

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