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Hi Lloyd, The "V" is generally for Victory in Europe and US's Past. The lion looks like an English Lion Passant - used on many things including standards for silver. That is another clue the 900 - that is generally an old European silver pureness standard.
The line with the little cannon balls or? I don't understand, and I really can't make out the words. What do you think it says?
If nothing else try "English Lion Victory metal/pin", and or "European V Fraternal organizations". That might get ya somewhere. Sorry I can't be of much help
Vicki, Thanks for chiming in. I had the same thoughts as you did (V for Victory/English Lion) but what throws me off is the Peruvian name on the back.
Well, Two things come to mind. Did England own or have a Commonwealth/dominion in Peru or a closer country to it? And secondly, It very well could be Peruvian silver. Which I'm sure was 900 mark as well.
I couldn't make out the lettering you have at all. Like upside down and cut off or something? Anyways, Peru has been a maker of silver and German silver items for a very long time. Maybe that's the clue to follow?
I notice two things:
1. When do you EVER see a heraldic lion with his paw facing his mouth? (?)
2. I think the words are INDUSTRIA PERUANA
Here is a link to some jewelry :
My "gut" tells me this isn't just a pin, but I haven't found proof otherwise.
What does the lion with paw facing mouth represent? I can't seem to find anything?
Heres a link I looked through? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attitude_(heraldry)
The 3 cannon balls (see Vicki's reply)....explanation.
They are "dots", not cannon balls. And the long thing, not mentioned, is a "dash", and when put together become . . . - (dot dot dot dash) which is Morse Code for the letter "V"!
Which confirms this is a genuine World War II V for Victory pin.
In researching there is a lady, Christine Lurk (?), who has a huge collection that she displays at the Reading, PA air show in June. In a picture showing "one her many trays" in the lower left corner is an exact match to your pin with 1 minor difference. It shows an American Eagle where yours shows a Lion Passant (standing). (I couldn't get a picture of it--it locked my screen). If you can contact her she might be a buyer???
Molly's link takes you to Etsy which is informative, however Industria Peruana has its own website which is currently in business and may shed some light on your pin.
I always wait to "hear from you" before making any "moves".
Thanks again for all the "legwork".
Might it then be and English V - Victory pin? I know we were allies in WWI as well.
My opinion. The mark above "900" reads EP, which stands for Electro Plate. The silver used was 90% pure, but it is plated, not Sterling. You can see the copper color on front by the lion's rear leg.
I agree with Molly's reply about the manufacturer.
NOTICE: Elsewhere I mentioned contacting "Christine Lurk" regarding your pin at the Air Show held in June at Reading, PA. DUE TO THE C-19 VIRUS THE SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED.