Dating to 1789, this magnificent medal celebrates the recovery of King George III from his first attack of porphyria-induced madness, and is a highly-wearable piece of British history!
Those fascinated with the history of the British monarchy will be familiar with "the Madness of King George," either from historical accounts, or from the wonderful 1994 film of the same name which documented King George III's struggles with insanity caused by the inherited disease, porphyria. When the King had recovered in 1789, several medals in white metal and copper gilt were issued to commemorate his return to the throne. This splendid medal, designed and signed by Charles James with a sentiment by Edward Thurlow, first Baron Thurlow (1731-1806) is the rarest of all of the extant examples of these medals, and has made it into the 21st-century in museum-worthy condition!
Measuring 33 mm in diameter and 1 3/4" long in its modern 14k bezel frame, what is truly amazing is that this medal, struck from copper and fire-gilded with high-karat gold, has survived in such magnificent condition! A beautiful, crisp strike, it appears that this medal has been treated with kid gloves over the past 226 years; it retains approx. 90% of its gilding, and shows very little wear after well over two centuries! Only the gilding to the face of the King and highlights of the struck letters on the reverse has worn through, and this was likely the result of handling by the original patriotic owner of this wonderful jewel. The obverse of the medal features the bust of King George III with the motto "God Save The King" and the date "1788." Lord Thurlow was a close friend of King George III, and this medal has a very personal sentiment on the reverse; "When We Forget Him, May God Forget Us!" Below Thurlow's signature is the phrase "Restored to Health/March 1789."
So rare is this medal, that the only identical one I could find in my extensive research is in the Royal Collection Trust, and is owned by Queen Elizabeth II! This example is in even better condition than the one belonging to the Queen, and when it came in, I had it bezeled in the 14k gold pendant frame you see here. This medal is now ready to wear, and looks superb on a gold chain!
Weighing in at 15.78 grams, this regal medal is suitable for wear by a lady or a gentleman, and would make a stellar addition to any collection of rare royal memorabilia! It would also make a VERY special gift for anyone fascinated with English history, and will be shipped in a gift box. As someone deeply interested in the Georgian era, this is the sort of jewel I would love to keep for my own collection, but one cannot keep it all and pay the bills! Let my loss be your gain; do not miss this historically-important jewel! Up to 60-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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