ANTIQUE MODEL OF THE LION OF LUCERNE
A very well modelled version of the Lion of Lucerne carved from walnut. Origin and date is uncertain. It certainly has age but it may be late 19th Century or early 20th century. Probably Swiss and very well carved. There is a long Swiss tradition of supplying mercenaries to foreign governments. Because the Swiss have been politically neutral for centuries and have long enjoyed a reputation for honouring their agreements, a pope or emperor could be confident that his Swiss Guards wouldn’t turn on him when the political winds shifted direction.