Motoring Badges

Italia Rally 1959.

A 1959 Italia Rally badge.  Originally painted in gold with black painted lettering.  Also, white and pink painted flowers.

As Merano or Meran, depending on whether you speak Italian or Austro-German, is in the middle of a disputed area between Italy and Austria - called the Tirol, the badge text is done in both languages!

A makers mark is embossed on the front, in the lower right-hand corner.  It reads BERTONI MILANO.  Height is 3.1/4" and width (widest point) is 2.3/4".