Friday, November 4, 2011

Victorinox Anniversary Spartan for the Lion Monument in Lucerne.

This is one of my favorites SAK's of my collection.
This Spartan has metal scales and in the front scale shows the Lion Monument which is in Lucerne.
In the back scale shows a beautiful pattern with flowers and it has a engravable section.
I found it in Australia.







And here is his brother in gold.





The Lion Monument in Lucerne is a giant dying lion carved out of a wall of sandstone rock above a pond at the east end of the medieval town. It was designed as a memorial for the mercenary soldiers from central Switzerland who lost their lives while serving the French king Louis XVI during the French Revolution.
When the revolutionary masses attacked the royal Tuileries castle in Paris on August 10, 1792  and on 2nd and 3rd of September 1792 the Swiss mercenary troops tried to defend the royal family and make sure the royals could escape.The Lion Monument was inaugurated on August 10, 1821.
The latin inscription HELVETIORUM FIDEI AC VIRTUTI means "To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss".


Mark Twain called this sculpture “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.”




10 comments:

  1. Very nice knife and an interesting writing about the history.
    Martin from Switzerland

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  2. hi mario , found a swiss knife in the attic dont know much about it but looks really nice , it has the "helvetiorum fioei ac virtuti" on one side with the lion on and very pretty if i say so myself, on the other side the picture is a dear above flowers then under neath mountains and a man and boy together then under that the cross and inscribed"tell" not sure what sort of metal it is but looks very much like silver and has two blades !!! any ideas to date ? where made etc cheers steve

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  3. Hi Steve,
    Probably it's the model Secretary or the Popular from the same anniversary edition like mine SAK.
    If it has a Victorinox,or Victoria,or Elinox tag on the blade it's a genuine Swiss Army Knife.It has been made from the factory of Victorinox, in the town of Ibach, in the Canton of Schwyz in Switzerland.
    You can ask for more info at the http://knifeforums.com/forums/fusionbb.php? ,in the subforum "THE SECRET ORDER OF SAK".
    Also a photo will help.
    Regards
    Marios

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  4. Hi Mario. I bought this knife for my son whilst I was in Switzerland. It is exactly the same but in silver. Unfortunately some low life broke into his car and stole it and I would dearly love to replace it for him. Can you please give me the name of the supplier. Thanks. Cathryn.

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    1. Hi Cathryn,

      Sorry for the delay of my reply but this week i had a busy schedule.
      I don't know why (maybe in the photos looks like gold) but everybody think that this knife is the gold one, but actually is the silver one.
      This knife i had bought it from a seller at Ebay, from Australia.
      A few months ago i had found the gold one from a friend at Switzerland, but i sold it to cover some bills.
      If i find one in the future i will let you know, but i will need your email address.

      All the best
      Marios

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  5. Hey Mario i bought this knife from luzerne but i don't know much about its model etc. Can u please provide me with some info.

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  6. Hello Yash,
    Sorry for the delay of my answer, as the title says is the model Spartan.
    It's a anniversary Swiss knife for the Lion Monument in Lucerne.
    You can find for info about the model Spartan and the variations that exist at SAKWiki.
    All the best
    Marios

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  7. Hello Mario! I've been looking for someone with your knowledge for a long time. I have a knife, that I bought in Lucerne with the same back panel as your beautiful Lion knife (such a great story!), however, the front of my knife has a different panel with four flowers (two edelweiss and if I'm not mistaken two blue Alpine Spring Gentium) and the Swiss cross on a shield. It is so beautiful. I will try to post a photo here if I can. I'm just wondering if you know anything about this knife as I've never seen another like it anywhere...until I found your post today with your Lion knife. Thanks for any insight! Kind regards from Dublin, Ireland, Thomas

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    1. Hello Thomas,
      Sorry for the delay of my answer, and thank you for your good words.
      The Swiss knife that you describe is probably a variation of the knife that i have.
      Many variations like this knife are made for the tourist shops in Switzerland, and from time to time they appear in Ebay for sell.
      You can send the photos of your knife at mariosk73@hol.gr , and i will make a post regarding your knife.

      All the best
      Marios

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