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WW2 Polish Gold Virtuti Militari Cross 4th Class – Picchiani & Barlacchi
Picchiani & Barlacchi, Florence, 1945-70(?), 42mm width. Enameled bronze gilded
The Gold Cross of Virtuti Militari (4rd Class), made in Italy by Picchiani & Barlacchi of Florence. The exact date of production is unknown, however it was made between 1945-1970. Wonderful condition with minimal wear, as in photographs.
Award in the shape of the cross, in the center a crowned white enameled eagle with wings spread. On gilded arms is an inscription in black enameled letter “Virtuti Militari”. The reverse has clear arms, the center medallion has a laurel leaves crown, with an inscription in the center “Honor i Ojczyzna 1792”, meaning Honor and Fatherland 1792.
A three piece construction, separate medallions applied to the front and back. A British production ribbon. Rare collectors piece.
More information on Italian production Virtuti Militari Cross in this article by Julian Skelnik – https://www.skelnik.pl/virtuti-militari-cross-by-picchiani-and-barlacchi/