This is a very unique, vintage box from Romania.
The blazon reads in old Romanian: 'NIMIC FARA DUMNEDEU'
Meaning: 'NOTHING WITHOUT GOD'
That was the blazon of the Royal house of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen in Romania before WWII.
In Latin 'NIHIL SINE DEO' and translated into Romanian as 'NIMIC FARA DUMNEZEU'.
Pronounced in old Romanian as 'NIMIC FARA DUMNEDEU'.
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This very unique box is again available at my Zen Cart powered on line boutique: Mariette's Back to Basics.
In 1989 while living and working in Italy near Venice, I did watch often the Romanian channel on TV as I could understand that for about 60%, with my ability to speak fluent Italian at that time...
It was on Christmas day of 1989 that we witnessed the execution of the communist Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu and his wife Elena... This communist dictator ruled for almost 30 years.
It was therefore a joy to help some wrestlers from Romania from the now free nation, when they were here in my town, for some Olympic training, in 1996.
You all know that the 1996 Summer Olympics were held in Atlanta; my capital.
They all needed special gifts for their wives and girl friends and thus the local Chamber of Commerce called on me.
They asked if I spoke any Romanian.
No I said, but if they speak slowly and I speak slowly Italian we can converse.
Indeed it worked and they got their list translated and stores mentioned for finding their loved ones' wishes...
A young lady from Romania did help me out with the translation of the old Romanian, which I was not sure of... Her name is Alexandra.