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French Circa 1910 950 Silver Chamber of Commerce Calais Medal
This absolutely charming silver medal was designed by the celebrated French medallist, Louis Alexandre Bottée ( 1852 – 1941). This medal celebrates the Calais Chamber of Commerce which seems to have been founded in 1828. However this medal is clearly more recent and I am dating it to circa 1910.
The medal measures 1 and 5/8" (4cms) in diameter and weighs 36.4 grams.
On the front is a raised image of two ladies in classical clothing. The seated lady carries a caduceus and a shield with a fleur de lis. The standing lady gestures towards the harbour. Above her head is a banner with the word `Pax' (peace) and behind her is another with `Labor' (labour).
Right at the base is the signature 'L Bottée'.
On the reverse is the cock of France perched on a laurel branch over which is draped a piece of Calais lace. There is a wheatsheaf and a horseshoe at the base together with the date `1er juin 1828'. Around the top edge are the words `Chambre de Commerce de Calais'.
On the edge of the medal is inscribed `1 Argent ` – First Silver - with a horn of plenty mark. This indicates that the silver quality is 950 ie. higher than sterling 925.
This superb piece is in great condition with a light patina of age. It would be a perfect add to a collection of French medals. I find it quite lovely in its detail and quality. It will arrive in a gift box.
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