100619 | GREAT BRITAIN. Silvered bronze Medal.
100619 | GREAT BRITAIN. Silvered bronze Medal. Issued 1862. Commemorating the International Exhibition in London (39mm, 36.90 g, 12h). By C. Schnitzspahn & J. Wiener.
INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION 1862, perspective view of the exhibition hall; in four lines in exergue, STAMPED IN THE BUILDING / BY H. UHLHORN / OF GREVENBROICH / PRUSSIA / Ornate interior view of the exhibition hall. Edge: Plain.
Taylor 182t; BHM 2744; Eimer –. Choice Mint State. Deep cabinet toning, featuring a mix of cobalt, burgundy, and goldenrod, along with some underlying luster; a fair degree of hairlines are noted, however. Highly attractive.
The Great London Exposition was held in the South Kensington area of London from 1 May–1 November 1862, and featured exhibitors from 36 countries covering areas of industry, technology, and the arts. Queen Victoria, still in mourning for the loss of her husband the previous December, was not in attendance for the opening of the event which would see over six million attendants throughout its six months. Works of note on display were a refrigerator capable of producing ice, the Bessemer process for the manufacture of steel, and Charles Babbage's analytical engine–an early form of a computer. Reminiscent of Wiener's architectural series of European churches and cathedrals, this piece features an elegant exterior view on the obverse and an ornate interior view on the reverse.
From what is today eastern Netherlands and western Germany, the Wieners were a Jewish family of exceptional medalists, especially known for numerous numismatic works throughout the Kingdom of Belgium. Eldest brother Jacob, along with younger brothers Leopold and Charles, created some of the finest works of medallic art of the 19th century, and all are particularly noted for their work in the highly detailed and intricate work of architectural renderings.
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