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King Victor Emmanuel of Italy Royal Presentation Pill Box, 1910
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King Victor Emmanuel of Italy Royal Presentation Pill Box, 1910

Measurements: 44mm x 42mm x 14mm

£375

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Silver and enamel. Of near circular form, the hinged lid set with the crowned cypher of Victor Emmanuel III (1869-1957) in blue enamel within a scrollwork border and inscribed ‘FERT’. Silver gilt interior. Marked Peruzzi Firenze.

FERT is the motto of the royal house of Savoy-Sardinia and Italy, the House of Savoy, and was adopted by King Vittorio Amedeo II (1666–1732). The meaning of the letters has been a matter of some controversy, to which a number of interpretations have been offered. The motto is believed an acronym of  ‘Foedere et Religione Tenemur’ (We are bound by treaty and by religion), or ‘Fortitudo Eius Rhodum Tenuit' (His strength conquered Rhodes’ referring to the victory of Amadeus V, Count of Savoy (1249–1323), who fought against the Saracens at the 1315 siege of Rhodes, or 'Fortitudo Eius Rempublicam Tenet’ (His bravery preserves the state’); or Fides Est Regni Tutela (Faith is the protector of [our] Kingdom).
 

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