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Peace Dove pin, designer Cecile et Jeanne, France; photographer John Bigelow Taylor.
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Czech Republic Pins

Pins Shown from Left to Right

  • Title Czech Art Nouveau

    Date circa 1995

    Designer Unknown (VM), Czech Republic

    Materials Sterling Silver, Garnet Cabochons

    Size 1.7" x 1.6"
    (4.3cm x 4.1cm)

  • Title Mucha-Inspired Coral

    Date circa 2002

    Designer Unknown, Czech Republic

    Materials Sterling Silver, Coral, Crystals

    Size 2.2" x 2.1"
    (5.6cm x 5.3cm)

Title: Order of the White Lion
Date: 1997
Designer: Office of the President, Czech Republic
Materials: Sterling Silver, Enamel
Size: 3.6” x 3.6” (9.2 cm x 9.2 cm)

Václav Havel

A native of Prague, Czechoslovakia, Albright greatly admired Václav Havel, the last president of Czechoslovakia, the first president of the Czech Republic, and hero of the Velvet Revolution. In 1997, when returning to Prague for the first time as Secretary of State, Albright received from Havel the Czech government’s highest honor, the Order of the White Lion. Nationalism has played a major role in the history of the Czech people. The other two pins are based on designs by Alphonse Mucha, a famed Art Nouveau artist and Slavic nationalist of the early 20th century.

President Václav Havel (left) and Secretary Albright (right)
President Václav Havel (left) and Secretary Albright (right). Photo Credit: Stanislav Zbynek/Newscom.

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