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Pistrucci's Great Waterloo Medal | 1850 Electrotypes | Museum Quality.

Pistrucci's Great Waterloo Medal | 1850 Electrotypes | Museum Quality.
Pistrucci's Great Waterloo Medal | 1850 Electrotypes | Museum Quality.
Pistrucci's Great Waterloo Medal | 1850 Electrotypes | Museum Quality.
Pistrucci's Great Waterloo Medal | 1850 Electrotypes | Museum Quality.
Pistrucci's Great Waterloo Medal | 1850 Electrotypes | Museum Quality.
Pistrucci's Great Waterloo Medal | 1850 Electrotypes | Museum Quality.
Pistrucci's Great Waterloo Medal | 1850 Electrotypes | Museum Quality.
Pistrucci's Great Waterloo Medal | 1850 Electrotypes | Museum Quality.

Pistrucci's Great Waterloo Medal | 1850 Electrotypes | Museum Quality.

Pistrucci's Great Waterloo Medal | Museum Quality | Interesting Provenance

 

"To find original Pistrucci electrotypes of his Great Waterloo Medal is like hunting for the Holy Grail. To find them in their original Victorian ebony frames, is the closest thing to finding 'The Impossible'. But in addition, the framed electrotypes come with a velum bound copy of 'The Waterloo Medal', published privately by Isaac Dyer in 1885 as an edition of just 100 copies"

 

Simply Magnificent !

 

Ulric Woodhams

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ULRIC of ENGLAND


 

Description of electrotypes: A matched pair of Victorian electrotypes in copper bronze and with a heavy silvered finish, produced by the firm of Mr W.Johnson in 1850 under the direction of The Master Of The Mint. The seperate pieces mounted in their original decorative black ebony frames. The reverse of both hollowed, allowing one to see the back of the electrotype, along with hangers for wall mounting. Size of each frame: 20cm square.

Description of book: Large velum casebound book of high quality. The cover impressed in gold with the decorative title, 'The WATERLOO MEDAL' By Issac Dyer - Philadelphia 1885. The inside frontice piece stating, 'One Hundred Copies Printed & Bound For The Author For Private Distribution'. The book containing artwork of the obverse / reverse Pistrucci's Great Waterloo Medal. Dyer's detailed historical background.

Condition report: The framed Pistrucci electrotypes in clean undamaged condition. The ebony frames clean, some slight breakages to the decorative edging. The book in generally clean condition. Complete. Some age and use evident.

Background to the Pistrucci electrotypes: In 1816, King George IV, then Prince Regent, concieved the idea of commemorating the victory of Waterloo by having his own medal produced. Unlike the Campaign Waterloo Medal, this medal would be much larger, would be struck in solid gold, and would be given to the various heads of state that helped towards the victory at Waterloo.

The design eventually accepted by the Prince Regent was one submitted by Pistrucci. Based on his sketches, Pistrucci; working for the Royal Mint; undertook the engraving work for the dies. However, disagreements between Pistrucci and the Royal Mint led to excessively long delays. It was 1844 before agreements were reached, and Pistrucci continued work on the dies. It was 1849 before the dies were completed, by which time everyone who would have recieved the completed medal had died.

Once the dies were completed in 1849, the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, authorised the Royal Mint to produce a limited quantity specifically by subscription by the public. The Medal was provided in a seperated obverse / reverse form by the electrolyte process, and could be ordered either in a case, or in ebony frames.

Provenance: By descent to Princess Servilla Hercolani. Sold at Sotheby's in 1979 and in two collections since that time. Various copies of documentation included in the sale.


Price: POA

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