This is a rare and unusual SSS SPEED SKATE LAPEL PIN that was given to my father. The friend was a skater who may have been on an Olympic Speed Skating Team in the 60's. I never knew the woman's name so there is no way I can confirm the tale. I only remember she kinda looked like Linda Evans from the Dynasty television series. I think my father had a secret crush.
SSS (aka Triple S) is presently located in Nagano, Japan. Before they were located there, they were a small company that eventually became the primary competition in the early 70's for the VIKING Skate Company (who made the Olympic speed skates for everyone BUT the Japanese Team.)
"Silver.F" is stamped on one side on the back and Japanese writing is in relief on the other side (see photos). My daughter speaks and reads Japanese and she says that it translates roughly to "Jupiter, Sakura". Literal translation of the Katakana script is "iyupita sakuru".
Very nice pin with gold-tone SSS letters. Screw post back.
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