Catalog No. 603
Pottery, relief, 0.5L, figural inlaid lid (chalet).
“Alle für einen, einer für alle.”
(All for one, one for all.)
The centrally depicted shield, with its equilateral white cross on a red background, was formally adopted as a symbol of Switzerland in 1889, but had existed in a variety of similar forms as early as the 13th century. Between 1870 and 1914 Switzerland was a state in the German empire, represented by Germania (below left), an ancient symbol personifying the strength, unity and liberty of Germanic peoples. Helvetia (below right) is a national personification of Switzerland dating back to the 17th century.