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    Posted 6 years ago

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    Another rare (as far as I could investigate) find related to Rollei Werke / Franke & Heidecke, the company that created the legendary Rolleiflex twin reflex cameras back in the 1920's.

    This is another piece that will require lots of research...oh my...

    The medal measures 8,5cm in diameter and weighs about 90 grams. It is made of bronze and has a beatiful greenish patina in some places.

    The obverse shows the Braunschweig Lion, a symbol of this Lower Saxony city, where Franke & Heidecke company was born.

    The reverse is engraved:

    Herrn Dr. Jayme Távora
    In Dankearer Anerkennung (text was misspelled, the correct word is DANKBARER)
    Seiner Hervorragenden Leistungen
    Mit Der Rolleiflex Gewidmet
    . Franke . & . Heidecke . Braunschweig .


    It translates more or less to: "Dr. Jayme Távora, In Grateful Recognition of His Outstanding Performance With The Rolleiflex, Dedicated by Frank & Heidecke - Brunswick".

    This Dr. Jayme de Hollanda Távora was a member of the second amateur photography club founded in Brazil, in 1923, and called Photo Club Brasileiro. There's few information about him but in the 1960's, a Brazilian photography magazine called "Fotoarte" promoted an award bearing his name. He died in 1957. That's all I could find about him.

    I wasn't able to find another medal like this. I will start to ask around and will edit this post if I have new info.

    The last picture is the Braunschweig Lion statue and the only picture I could find of the "Dr. Jayme Hollanda Távora Award".

    NOTE: (2019) Found this entry related to Jayme Hollanda Távora (Boletim Eleitoral 1932): "Jayme Hollanda Tavora, filho de Elisiario Fernandes da Silva Tavora e Henriqueta de Hollanda Tavora, 36
    anos, nascido em Santa Rita de Cássia (Estado de
    Minas Gerais), solteiro, funcionário público, inscrito
    no distrito de São José . "
    NOTE (2019) Found articles signed by Jayme Távora on the Bandeirantes Fotoclube bulletin - sent email asking for more info.

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    1. inky inky, 6 years ago
      Fabulous thing and great size...I love the lion on it!.....:-)
    2. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
      I really like this too.
    3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
    4. inlikeflynn inlikeflynn, 6 years ago
      very cool find..
    5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Jacky says the there is a mistake because a "B" looks like an "E" & was copied that way. The word is actually DANKBARER. (Thankful).
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Scratch 1 of those. Puter went in snail mode & I clk'd again.
    7. mcheconi mcheconi, 6 years ago
      Done & the text was corrected...thank you so much Jacky and BB!
    8. mcheconi mcheconi, 6 years ago
      BB, it sounds much better now!
    9. mcheconi mcheconi, 6 years ago
      Phil, you're right. Our local "eBay" does have hidden treasures waiting for those who know what to look for. This is my second F&H/Rollei find in two years. I sent a message to the seller as you suggested. Once more, the piece was in Rio de Janeiro, that was Brazil's capital at that time and it shows how important was the Brazilian market to F&H expansion plans.
    10. mcheconi mcheconi, 6 years ago
      Got an answer from the seller...nothing...he says he bought it 15 years ago at an antiques' fair.

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