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1873 Sydenham Industrial Exhibition Bronze Medal, Awarded to George Early for Furniture. Dies by W.J. Taylor. Unc. With Original Box.

1873 Sydenham Industrial Exhibition Bronze Medal, Awarded to George Early for Furniture. Dies by W.J. Taylor. Unc. With Original Box.

125.00

41mm. Struck by W.J. Taylor of London. Taylor is best known to North American numismatists for having bought many of the dies from the Soho Mint and issuing restrikes and mules during the mid-to-late 19th century. According to Leonard Forrer’s Biographical Dictionary of Medallist, Volume VI:

Medallist, Die-sinker and Engraver, born in Birmingham in 1802; apprenticed to Thomas Halliday in 1818 (a copy of this Indenture is in the possession of Dr Stanley Bousfield, and says that from November i st 1820 during the remainder of apprenticeship, Taylor is to receive eight shillings a week). Taylor was the first die-sinker to be trained under Halliday, who later on turned out in succession Charles Frederick Carter, John Sheriff, Joseph Moore, William Wyon and many others of lesser note.

Taylor came to London in 1829 and set up business as a Die- sinker, Medallist and Engraver, first at 5 Porter Street, Soho, then he removed to 3 Litchfield Street, and in 1843 to 33 Little Queen Street. Finally, in 1868, he went to 70 Red Lion Street, where he died in March 1885.

This medal features Minerva facing left on the obverse with the maker’s name below the bust. The reverse shows a wreath tied with a ribbon and the following engraved inscription: PRESENTED TO GEORGE EARLY FOR FURNITURE CLASS IV. Above is engraved SYDENHAM INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION with the date below. A stock medal unlisted in Eimer.

This is an appealing, glossy brown example with a small rim bruise above YD. The original green velvet-lined box features Taylor’s gilt insignia. Slight damage to the upper front portion, which prevents it from locking. Otherwise fine.

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