Sternberg

Sternberg (Hungary) / c. 1932

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Design: The European penchant for heraldic devices, which lend an air of tradition and trustworthiness, is also to be seen here with the incorporation of the coat of arms of the Lands of the Holy Hungarian Crown (image, right: Wikipedia.org). Also from Wikipedia: "In the following centuries, the coat of arms of Hungary became more and more complex. It included the coats of arms of the territories which were part of the Lands of the Crown of Saint Stephen: Croatia, Dalmatia, Slavonia and Bosnia, but the so-called 'small coat of arms' always remained the central piece (the more complex ones were called 'medium' and 'large' coats of arms). The image shows the 'medium' coat of arms, in official use (with some modifications) from the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867 till the end of World War I (1918). The outer pieces (anti-clockwise from top left) are the coats of arms of Dalmatia, Slavonia, Bosnia (added in 1915), Fiume, Transylvania, and Croatia."

A laurel wreath containing (presumably) the distributor's initials, MRG, appears on the left of the spindle hole; in stark contrast with the elaborate medieval heraldry and the classical wreath is the lettering of the Sternberg label name, which appears in a chunky Art Deco-influenced geometric style.

History: Label scans above and below courtesy of collector Gabriel Gössel of Czechoslovakia, who writes:"Recorded with Czech orchestras in the Esta studio for a distributor in Budapest."





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