101239 | GREAT BRITAIN. Holborn Restaurant bronzed pewter Medal.

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    101239  |  GREAT BRITAIN. LondonHolborn Restaurant bronzed pewter Medal. Issued circa 1894 (engraved 1895). Issued and presented to W. S. Holding, Esq. on 28 November 1895 (68mm, 206.84 g, 12h).

     

    HOLBORN / RESTAURANT ESTd 1874, interior view of the restaurant with guests standing between columns; decorative plants and sculptures around / Elaborate interior view of the restaurant with guests dancing; decorative plants and friezes around; on ribbon below, PRESENTED BY THE PROPRIETORS "To W. S. Holding Esq. Nov 28th 1895." Edge: Plain.

     

    Taylor 207a; BHM 2990; Eimer 1640. Choice Mint State. Dark brown surfaces; a few spots of subtle corrosion on the reverse; thickness: 10mm.

     

    Established in 1874, the Holborn Restaurant, billed as adding a “spice of poetry to the dull prose of every day life,” was located near the corner of Little Queen Street and, rather appropriately, Holborn. Gradual expansions led to more additions to the restaurant, which were fully connected in 1894. Of note, the British Chess Federation was founded there in 1904, and, in 1908, during the London Olympic games, numerous banquets for the participating athletes were held there. In 1955, the entire group of buildings was demolished.

     

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