We are thrilled to present this antique British medal. It is beautifully detailed and exhibits truly exquisite craftsmanship.
It dates from 1858, and was designed and produced by the renowned English silversmith, James Fenton.
Fenton began manufacturing classic silver items like this medal in Birmingham in 1852, until the 1900s when the company would start producing incredibly ornate Arts and Crafts style jewelry.
This medal is rendered in beautiful sterling silver.
It is quite rare due to the enamel ornamentation in the center.
Enamel was a more complicated and expensive technique used only for the finest, high-end medals.
The medal is in the shape of the classic cross pattée, where the arms are broader at the perimeter and even in length. Each bears decorative etched marks.
A short bale and loop at the top of the medal would have made it easy to wear on a chain or ribbon.
A small applied crest adorns the center of the medal and boasts beautiful and vibrant enamel in red and blue.
At the top of the crest you will find an eagle and two stylized eagle-like shapes on a red background. Underneath is a field of blue enamel and sterling wavy lines.
There is a series of maker's marks on the reverse of the medal, beginning with the first incarnation of the "J.F" James Fenton hallmark.
Beneath that you will see an anchor (the symbol of the Birmingham assay office) followed by the mark for British silver, the lion passant. Finally, the date letter "J" indicates that the piece was manufactured in 1858.
Though it shows some wear and a few small scratches, the medal remains in excellent antique condition.
Its beautiful craftsmanship and historical significance combined with the maker's inimitable renown, make this medal a must-have for the serious collector.
Measurements: 1 7/8" tall (to bale), 1 ¼" wide, 2mm thick Weight: 6.0 grams (0.21 oz)