This substantial gold plated shield pin with high quality enamel work has a great appeal. The crest has dark red enamel background and a Lion with wings plus a french blue enamel with a fleur de lys designed smaller crest. The inscription is Via Crucis meaning "Way of the Cross" and Via Iucis but I was unable to identify that meaning. There also is fine red enamel on each top corner added to a leaf design. The gold plated trim has a ribbon effect around the edges of the crest.
The pin in the back goes is missing the roll over closure. The plated finish shows some wear. I can't determine if there is paint or gold finish worn off in one area above the lions head.
The enamel is in excellent condition.
The measurements are 1 1/4 inches by 1 1/4 inches.
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