Great Exhibition Medal

Medal
ca. 1851 (made)
Great Exhibition Medal thumbnail 1
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 122b
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Object Type
Medals commemorating the Great Exhibition were made in great numbers for sale to the public. This example was produced by Davis of Birmingham, although the name of the artist responsible for the design is unrecorded. The obverse shows busts of Victoria and Albert with an inscription: 'TO COMMEMORATE THE EXHIBITION OF THE INDUSTRY OF ALL NATIONS - PROPOSED BY HRH PRINCE ALBERT & PATRONISED BY HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN'.

Materials & Making
This medal was struck in bronze. Struck medals were produced from metal dies engraved with the design in reverse. A flat disc was placed between the dies, which were then compressed, so that the design was reproduced on the metal. This technique meant that a high number of medals could be made using the same dies over and over, whereas the technique of casting medals could be more complex, and generally smaller numbers were made.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Die-stamped white metal
Brief Description
Medal, white metal, 1851, Davis, Birmingham.
Physical Description
Medal, die-stamped, white metal. Obverse, Busts of Victoria and Albter, signed under the truncation of Victoria, 'DAVIS. BIRM', Inscription (round the circumference): TO COMMEMORATE THE EXHIBITION OF THE INDUSTY OF ALL NATIONS- PROPOSED BY HRH PRINCE ALBERT & PATRONISED BY HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN.



Reverse, The Crystal Palace with an inscription above reading: LENGTH OF BUILDING 1848, WIDTH 455 FT, HEIGHT 66 FT, TRANSEPT 108 FT, GLAZED SURFACE 900,000 FT OCCUPIES NEARLY 21 ACRES OF GROUN 3300 IRON COLUMNS, 2224 GIRDERS, 1128 GALY BEARERS, 105 MILES OF SASH BAR, VALUE £150,000 OPENED BY HM MAJESTY VICTORIA, MAY 1- 1851.



In the exergue: inscription: DESIGNED BY PAXTON 1850 ERECTED BY COX HENDERSON & CO.
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 5cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • TO COMMEMORATE THE EXHIBITION OF THE INDUSTY OF ALL NATIONS- PROPOSED BY HRH PRINCE ALBERT & PATRONISED BY HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN.
  • LENGTH OF BUILDING 1848 FT WIDTH 455 FT, HEIGHT 66 FT, TRANSEPT 108 FT, GLAZED SURFACE 900,000 FT OCCUPIES NEARLY 21 ACS OF GROUND 3300 IRON COLUMNS, 2224 GIRDERS, 1128 GALY BEARERS, 105 MILES OF SASH BAR, VALUE £150,000 OPENED BY HM MAJESTY VICTORI MAY 1- 1851.
  • DESIGNED BY PAXTON 1850 ERECTED BY COX HENDERSON & CO.
Gallery Label
British Galleries: This souvenir medal records many of the facts about the Crystal Palace, erected in Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition in 1851. The figures below represent the Arts and Commerce. At the centre of the crowd is a beehive, symbol of industry.(27/03/2003)
Credit line
Given by Mrs Eric Hervey
Object history
Manufactured in Birmingham by J. Davis. Given by Mrs Eric Hervey.



From a group of Crystal Palace memorabilia which belonged to Gerald Smedley Hervey, MBE.
Place Depicted
Summary
Object Type
Medals commemorating the Great Exhibition were made in great numbers for sale to the public. This example was produced by Davis of Birmingham, although the name of the artist responsible for the design is unrecorded. The obverse shows busts of Victoria and Albert with an inscription: 'TO COMMEMORATE THE EXHIBITION OF THE INDUSTRY OF ALL NATIONS - PROPOSED BY HRH PRINCE ALBERT & PATRONISED BY HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN'.

Materials & Making
This medal was struck in bronze. Struck medals were produced from metal dies engraved with the design in reverse. A flat disc was placed between the dies, which were then compressed, so that the design was reproduced on the metal. This technique meant that a high number of medals could be made using the same dies over and over, whereas the technique of casting medals could be more complex, and generally smaller numbers were made.
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.810-1969

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record createdMarch 27, 2003
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