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Medal

1891-1892 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This medal was awarded to the acrobat and trapeze artist, Fred Fitzroy who was working with his sister. The two young people (aged 14 and 16) were given medals for being "daring aerial artistes. Their feats are quite original and artistic and receive general appreciation" . They performed at the Prince of Wales Baths, Blackpool in August 1895. The medals were presented on the last day of their engagement by the manager of the Baths, W.H. Broadhead. The family name was Munday but Fitzroy, Fred's middle name became his professional name. His sister used the name Miss Adeline Patty. Her family name was Adeline Martha Munday.

The V&A was given a small collection of medals awarded to Fred Fitzroy and a photograph of him aged about 12 is in the Theatre Museum. The medal itself was mass produced by a manufacturer in Birmingham and then probably commissioned from a local jeweller in Blackpool. It was specially engraved to present to Fred (and presumably an identical medal for his sister) in recognition of outstanding performances.


Object details

Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
9 carat gold, stamped and engraved
Brief description
Gold, Birmingham, 1891-2
Physical description
In the form of a shield
Dimensions
  • Length: 3.2cm
  • Width: 2.9cm
Marks and inscriptions
  • Engraved on front with monogram: FF, on reverse: PRESENTED TO FREDERICK FITZROY BY W. H. BROADHEAD BLACKPOOL. SEPT 14 / 95
  • Birmingham hallmarks for 1891-2 (marks 9, .375, anchor, date letter ‘r’),
  • Mark of Randle Brothers
Credit line
Given by Mr David Fitzroy
Object history
Gift - David Fitzroy
Subject depicted
Summary
This medal was awarded to the acrobat and trapeze artist, Fred Fitzroy who was working with his sister. The two young people (aged 14 and 16) were given medals for being "daring aerial artistes. Their feats are quite original and artistic and receive general appreciation" . They performed at the Prince of Wales Baths, Blackpool in August 1895. The medals were presented on the last day of their engagement by the manager of the Baths, W.H. Broadhead. The family name was Munday but Fitzroy, Fred's middle name became his professional name. His sister used the name Miss Adeline Patty. Her family name was Adeline Martha Munday.

The V&A was given a small collection of medals awarded to Fred Fitzroy and a photograph of him aged about 12 is in the Theatre Museum. The medal itself was mass produced by a manufacturer in Birmingham and then probably commissioned from a local jeweller in Blackpool. It was specially engraved to present to Fred (and presumably an identical medal for his sister) in recognition of outstanding performances.
Collection
Accession number
M.44-1999

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Record createdFebruary 16, 2000
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