Rare Enameled Lapel Badge for the Cancelled 1940 Olympic Games at Helsinki, Finland In Pinback
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Rare Enameled Lapel Badge for the Cancelled 1940 Olympic Games at Helsinki, Finland In Pinback

Code: spa20000a

$115.00




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ARTIFACT: This is a rare lapel badge for the 1940 Olympics Games (XII Olympiad), which was canceled because of World War II. It seems these games were doomed from the start. Initially Japan was to be the host, but because of their involvement in the Second Sino-Japanese War, funding the event soon exceeded their dwindling means. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) revoked their host status in 1938, seemingly more due to financial concerns than ideological issues (Credit: Historical Dictionary of Modern Olympic Movement). The privilege was in turn awarded to Finland, but with the start of World War II in 1939, the Games were scrapped. The badge is nicely enameled with the Finnish flag enameled at the center and reads SUOMI VOITTOON (Finland to Victory). This badge is a pin-back style.

VINTAGE: Circa 1940.

SIZE: Approximately 11/16" in height and 9/16" in width.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Gilt brass with enamel.

ATTACHMENT: Vertical pin with tongue-style C catch.

MARKINGS: None.

ITEM NOTES: This is from a sports and Olympics collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. ebay VBX12 LAAEX12/12

CONDITION: 8 (Very Fine+): The badge has some very light wear only.

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.