"Represent" is a rap expression for having pride in one's roots.  This sterling silver pin was a chance find but was irresistable for several reasons.  The combination of an enameled Maltese Cross superimposed on a Canadian maple leaf was an obvious attention getter but another surprise was revealed on the back.

You may recall my earlier post on Vacheron's reference 4348 aluminum pocket watch, and how the Montreal jeweller Birks facilitated the order by the Aluminum Company of Canada in 1937.  So it was a humorous coincidence to find BIRKS stamped on the back of this little pin Represent!.  When I wear it I will "represent" the historic connection between Vacheron and Canada.

that's a great find :-) (nt)
05/13/2009 - 11:30
very very cool did VC make similar pins for other countries? NT
05/13/2009 - 11:50
Do you know the reason(s) of this Maltese Cross superimposed ? (nt)
05/13/2009 - 12:35
St. John Ambulance
05/13/2009 - 18:41
I suspect this badge was for the Canadian branch of St. John Ambulance, although they have always used a white cross on a black background, in common with the parent order the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem or Knights of Malta. Funny enough, the so-called Knights of Malta were only on the island from 1522 until expelled by Napoleon in 1728.  It is argued that the Maltese Cross was actually borrowed from the Italian Republic of Amalfi in honor of their financial support in rebuilding the Order's hospital in Jerusalem in 1023. Regardless, today the Maltese Cross has a very strict formula for it's design:
Thanks (nt)
05/14/2009 - 18:47
definately a collector item and a rare find! nt
05/13/2009 - 17:04
Cool :-) nt
05/15/2009 - 00:08