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This appears to be a case switch; that is a badge placed in a "found" case. AV & R of Havana consistently produced much higher quality insignia. It is unclear when they went out of business/stopped manufacture.

The Austrian Merit badge itself looks to be a typical (1970s-80s?) period piece. The hook and eye cravat fasterners are neither a Cuban nor Austrian type.

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aha! the old switcheroo! :shame:

well, i guess if anyone is looking for a cuban case...i just might have one for trade towards a comparable item! :P

p.s. thank you very much, 922F!

You are welcome. It's hard to gauge demand for pre-Castro Cuban cases -- a few well-heeled specialist collectors certainly exist. If the case has gilt Cuban arms on the outer lid, you likely have a winner. A,V & R supplied the Cuban Merit or Red Cross Order, the Order of Carlos Manuel de Cespedes and some ministerial Orders in burgandy colored cases. Jeff Jacobs' book documents the firm's name changes.

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unfortunately this particular case is devoid of any exterior markings. the only markings are on the inside of the lid plus a few numerals scribbled with a pencil on the underside of the interior piece.

again, thank you for the info; much appreciated!

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