Saturday, September 5, 2015

Switzerland 2015
Pro Patria 2015

The butter board is from the Berchten Collection in the Saanen Museum of the Countryside. It was made in the middle of the 18th century and measures 22.5 × 21.5 cm. A symmetrical endless design with four interlocking hearts is contained within a simple circle of lines, and the handle has a heart-shaped hole.

Aigle Castle is home to the Vine and Wine Museum which was founded in 1971 with aim of preserving Vaudois winemaking heritage. It boasts an extensive collection of objects relating to wine and viticulture, including the barrel depicted on the stamp.

This tobacco pouch, known as a "Backseckl" in the Innerrhoden dialect, shows that the paraphernalia required for smoking was also an important element of Appenzell folk culture. 

At the beginning of the 20th century, a certain J. Traber made an extraordinary discovery during the construction of a house in the Chilestigli precinct of Steckborn: a large disc brooch, 6.5 cm in diameter, decorated with gold fi ligree work and several stone and glass inlays. Originally a large gemstone would have sparkled in the middle, as can be seen in comparable finds. Women used such brooches to fasten their cloaks in the 7th century.