This charming French, silver medal is small but very detailed. It dates to circa 1900 and is signed `Penin Poncet'.
The Penins from Lyons, France, were a prolific family of medallists over four generations and started signing medals in 1830 to the present day. Adolphe Penin and Jean-Baptiste Poncet, were noted medallists from Lyons who often worked together in the late nineteenth and early 20th century.
This medal measures 9/16" (1.5cms) in diameter. It weighs 2 grams and has a very light gold wash.
The front has a raised image of the Virgin and Child on a pillar . It is exquisitely executed. At the base is the signature `Penin Poncet'. Around the edge is the inscription ` N (Notre) Dame de la Pierre Q (Qui) Vire' - Our Lady of the stone than moves. This is a reference to a French abbey founded in 1850 in the Yonne area of France. There was a stone which moved to human touch which was firmly fixed by this pillar.
On the reverse is an image of Jesus with His Sacred Heart. The inscription alongside is `Voila ce coeur qui a tant aimé les hommes ` – Here is this heart which has so loved mankind.
At the top is a ring which bears the crab hallmark for 800 quality silver. The reverse carries a maker's mark.There is a bail attached for a chain.
In excellent antique condition with just the slightest sign of age, this medal will arrive in a gift box.
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