1901 Luzern


1901 Luzern Shooting Medal1901 Luzern Shooting Medal          
Actual 45 mm size by Hans Frei, Basel.

Obverse.

Lady Helvetia, allegory personification of the Confederacy, devoted battle armor. Blazon emblem of Cross styled proudly across Her breastplate. Laurelled branch garland adorned of faithful helm, latent gentle mane let fallen delicately by Her shoulders way.

Steely gaze farsighted eastwards always ready, ever vigilant, bulwark defend and protect the freedom and civil liberties of the Confederacy. Virtuous, dignified, favored welcome for all, to all seeking everlasting unity. She is their Protector.

Backdrop scene, of historic Schlachtkapelle (Battle Chapel) bears forever the reminiscence witnessed on the site of erstwhile Battle of Sempach, then of many great deeds fabled. Of sworn brotherhood and fighting men, on the march, of cherished values of the Confederacy, and defending lustrous Helvetia alpine lands. Turned loosely allied Confederacy into One unified nation, eminent turning point in the growth of Switzerland.

Reverse.

Heraldic blazon of Lucerne, flora ornate lineage of the Canton, over reverenced Cross, emblem insignia of canton’s forever faith and trust on the unity, strength and cohesive protection offered by, fellow kinship members of the Confederacy.

Faithfully cradled by singularly flora lustrous laurel branch. Gratifying forest canton of the Old Confederacy.

Background.

Helvetia is the female national personification of Switzerland. The allegory is typically pictured in a flowing gown, with a spear and a shield emblazoned with the Swiss flag, and commonly with braided hair, and with a wreath as a symbol of confederation. That name is derived from the Celtic Helvetii people who first entered the area around 100 B.C. Helvetia was also the Roman name for the region that is now western Switzerland.

The fashion of depicting the Swiss Confederacy in terms of female allegories arises in the 17th century. This replaces an earlier convention, popular in the 1580s, of representing Switzerland as a bull (Schweizer Stier). In the first half of the 17th century, there was not a single allegory identified as Helvetia. Rather, a number of allegories, representing both virtues and vices of the confederacy.

Identification of the Swiss as "Helvetians" (Hélvetiens) becomes common in the 18th century, Helvetia appears in patriotic and political artwork in the context of the construction of a national history and identity in the early 19th century, after the disintegration of the Napoleonic Helvetic Republic, and she appears on official federal coins and stamps from the foundation of Switzerland as a federal state in 1848.”

Helvetia is an important emblematic female personification of Switzerland, and the virtues of everlasting brotherhood, cherished peace, free liberties and staunch unity of the Suisse Confederacy.



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