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Medal - Next of Kin Memorial Plaque
  • Next of Kin Memorial Plaque
    Preston, Edward Carter, born 1894 - died 1965
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Next of Kin Memorial Plaque

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Acton (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1919 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Preston, Edward Carter, born 1894 - died 1965 (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze, cast

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the War Office

  • Museum number:

    A.10-1920

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case DR14

An estimated one million of these plaques were cast in a converted laundry in Acton. It was one of the largest medallic productions ever undertaken. The medals were given to the families of those who had been lost in the First World War. They soon became known as the ‘Dead Man’s Penny’.

Physical description

Obv. only, a line in the foreground, behind which stands Britannia holding a trident, and a wreath of palm. Fish and a spring of oak in the background.

Place of Origin

Acton (made)

Date

ca. 1919 (made)

Artist/maker

Preston, Edward Carter, born 1894 - died 1965 (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze, cast

Marks and inscriptions

"HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR," "VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM SPECIMEN MCMXIX."
obv.

"E. CR. P."
obv., signed

Dimensions

Diameter: 121 mm

Descriptive line

Plaque, bronze, by Edward Carter Preston, England (Acton), ca. 1919

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Cf. Attwood, Philip. Artistic circles: the medal in Britain 1880-1918. London: Published for the Trustees of the British Museum by British Museum Press, 1992. no. 23. p. 62.
Dutton, Philip. The dead man's Penny. A short history of the Next of Kin Memorial Plaque. The Medal. no. 29, Autumn, 1996. pp. 62-71.
Trusted, Majorie. ed. The Making of Sculpture: the Materials and Techniques of European Sculpture. London: V&A Publications, 2007. p. 76. pl. 116.
Jones, Mark. (ed.). G.F. Hill and the production of the First World War Memorial Plaque. The Medal, no. 8, 1986, p. 25.

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Oak; Lion; Wreath; Trident; Fish

Categories

Coins & Medals; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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