100290 | GERMANY. Ludwig van Beethoven uniface bois durci Medal.
100290 | GERMANY. Ludwig van Beethoven uniface bois durci Medal. Issued circa 1860. Honoring the Composer and Pianist (112mm, 118.30 g).
BEETHOVEN, bare head right / Blank, with a sanded texture. Edge: Plain.
Virtually as made. Some light marks and spots, but exceptional for the material and age; includes clasp for hanging.
Born in the Electorate of Cologne, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) displayed an immense musical aptitude from a young age, and studied under Joseph Haydn upon moving to Vienna. A crucial figure between the Classical and Romantic periods, he had a colossal output of material before being robbed of his hearing ability later in life.
Invented by Charles François Le Page and for which he received a patent in 1855, bois durci is a hard substance created from the mixture of sawdust and ox blood, subsequently heated and pressed, making a moldable yet durable substance used in some medallic issues of the era.
From the Kyle Ponterio Collection of Music Medals.
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