In 1988 the International Winter Olympics were held in Calgary, Canada. Swarovski Canada officially licensed at least 2 Swarovski crystal plaques to commemorate the event. I have heard rumors about a plaque with bears and a flag being previously discovered, but there was no year on the plaque. The Swarovski plaques are not marked with a Swarovski logo on the crystal, so finding a rare one with a Swarovski box was a real treat.
The Saddledome plaque was numbered 9503M2692, and officially referred to by Swarovski as Saddledome, Iceberg. Unfortunately, the original box for the rare plaque featuring the bears hoisting the Canadian flag has been lost. The Saddledome Iceburg can be found in Warners Blue Ribbon Books Beyond Silver Crystal as well as the plaque with bears using the Warner’s assigned product number of BSC201000007. The bears plaque itself is very interesting, with Calgary, 1988, Winter Olympic Games, in English and French, engraved. The same blank crystal plaque was used for both Olympic memorabilia. It has physical size of 3 3/4″ wide and 3″ high.
|Swarovski Olympic Iceburg Plaques|
|Swarovski Box for a Swarovski Crystal Olympic Plaque|
These plaques indeed are rare Swarovski crystal plaques to find. They may also be sought after by avid Swarovski crystal collectors, Canadians, or any participating Olympic athlete.
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