1900 Paris Universal Exposition Medal
Bronze; wood, leather, silk
case: 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 x 1/2 in. ( 8.6 x 8.6 x 1.3 cm ) diameter: 2 1/2 in. ( 6.4 cm )
Inscription: reverse, at lower right: "J.C. CHAPLAIN" Inscription: edge, upper left: "BRONZE" Inscription: box cover, embossed in gold: "EXPOSITION/UNIVERSELLE/1900"
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing allegorical head of France facing right, wearing Phrygian cap, with oak tree at left and distant view of Paris at right; legend above: "REBUPLIQUE FRANCAISE." Reverse depicts winged female figure of Fame with palm and laurel branch, supporting seated male figure with burning torch in left hand; date at right: "1900"; beneath is aerial view of exhibition grounds and rectangular tablet within laurel wreath, inscribed: "ECOLE COMMERCIALE/. PACKARD ."; legend above: "EXPOSITION . UNIVERSELLE . INTERNATIONALE . " Medal is inset into burgundy red square fitted leather case with gold-embossed cover and white silk satin and dark red silk velvet interior.
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