Very rare vintage Cote d'Emeraude pressed aluminium and enamel grille badge, in good as found condition. Produced by Augis, Lyon (stamped on the front) the badge has a quartered shield, with an additional central emblem, thus depicting a total of 5 regional emblems, representing regions such as St Malo and Mont-Saint-Michel. This badge dates from the 1930s and would have been fixed to the grille/radiator cover of a car, possibly as a tourist souvenir to show off how well travelled you were, or maybe to depict that the car belonged to a local dignitary. We have been unable to find another. There are some minor losses to the green enamel at the bottom of the badge (see photos), but in otherwise excellent original condition. The name 'Cote d'Emeraude' was first used circa 1890 by Eugene Herpin, a lawyer and local historian as a result of the emerald green colour of the sea at certain times of the day around the bay of St Malo.
Measures: 7.5cm diameter x 0.5cm deep (2cm with central fixing bolt to rear)
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