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"Liberated Florence 1944" Souvenir
Old 11-08-2019, 03:05 PM   #1
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Showing here a non-magnetic, metal tag which appears to be a souvenir item produced in Italy after WWII. It measures approximately 40cm. across and 50cm. high. One side appears to depict a church with wording below (partially illegible) that reads: "Souvenir of Florence". The opposite side reads (around the outer edge): "Keep Me Always I Will Bring You Good Luck". In the centre portion is wording: "LIBERATED FLORENCE 1944" surmounted by a crest.

I hope that members will enjoy seeing this item. If anyone knows more about it, any feedback would be appreciated.

Thanks for looking,

John
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Old 11-08-2019, 10:38 PM   #2
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I think a souvenir of private purchase ... in Florence there were many medal counters ... usually of high quality and with enamels....




https://www.google.it/search?q=liber...3bJDBjk7zrFoPM
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Old 11-09-2019, 02:33 AM   #3
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It measures approximately 40cm. across and 50cm. high.
40 x 50 cm or mm?
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Old 11-09-2019, 06:31 AM   #4
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One side appears to depict a church with wording below (partially illegible) that reads: "Souvenir of Florence".

The church is Florence Cathedral [the Duomo di Firenze or, formally, the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore].
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Old 11-09-2019, 09:36 AM   #5
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40 x 50 cm or mm?
Yes...my apologies, it is mm...or 4 cm. x 5 cm. Thanks for the head's-up on that.
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Old 11-10-2019, 01:57 PM   #6
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Interestingly I have something similar in my collection.
This one belonged to a US 5th Army veteran.
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Old 11-10-2019, 03:06 PM   #7
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I would say that the good luck charms original owner was from the British 8th Army by the Shield with Cross Div sign !...they were involved in 1944 in Florences liberation !
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I have this Commorative medal also for 8th Army troops but given a year before in 43 for landings on Italys mainland !
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