This is a lovely vintage (almost antique!) French heavy continental silver pierced work medal featuring a running race, and surrounded by art nouveau styling and garlands of traditional French laurel leaves & berries. Laurel head wreaths were awarded to ancient Olympians in Greece. On the rear it is engraved as third prize for H. Hue in the 5000 metre relay, at the opening of the Stadium in Les Lilas, now a suburb of Paris. The other medals I have from H.Hue's estate date to 1922 so I assume this one is of the same period.
I've collected a lot of silver fobs, including sporting ones, over the years, but I only have a few from France. I particularly like them as they are so stylish and decorative. All very typical of the French 'art nouveau' era of the early 20th century, and sporting prize medals. It would make a lovely pendant or fob. I have worn them on a long thick silver chain made of 2 converted watch chains.
Hallmark: The medal/pendant/fob bears a French 'punch' hallmark on the left rear side of the bail, indicative of 'Continental Silver' - between 800-900 parts silver - as used in France during this time.
Condition: The front and rear silver surfaces of the pendant do show some small scratches - general 'aged patina'. There is one very minor edge undulation near the bail - only mentioned for accuracy. It is a very solid medal. It has not been cleaned. Any discolouration could be cleaned off, if desired.
Dimensions: the medal/pendant/fob has a total hanging length of 1.75 inches (4.5cm) including the jump ring, and is 1.25 inches (3cm) wide. It weighs 8.5 grams.
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