101595 | HUNGARY. Vaccination/Bandage Station uniface cast iron Plaque.

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    101595  |  HUNGARY. Vaccination/Bandage Station uniface cast iron Plaque. Issued 1916. Éremkedvelők Egyesülete (Association of Medal Lovers) series (90x69mm, 195.30 g). By J. Reményi.

     

    Vaccination or binding scene: neoclassical arrangement, with male figure inoculating/bandaging another male figure, seated and with bandage around head; other male and female attendants and patients, one of which has his arm in a sling / Blank. Edge: É. K. E. 1916 60.

     

    HP 4141. Choice Mint State. Graphite gray surfaces with a great matte nature; very slight rub on the highest points. A very rare medical-related issue with incredibly timely importance.

     

    Ex Dix Noonan Webb M14 (25 November 2013), lot 1281.

     

    Ex Dix Noonan Webb 35 (3 April 1998), lot 624.

     

    Designed by Hungarian medallist József Reményi in 1916, this moving plaque—drawing inspiration from neoclassicism and the emerging Art Deco movement—emanates from the chaos that was raging in the form of World War I and just before the global pandemic first emerging in 1918 (in the form of the "Spanish flu"). This plaque has been variously been described as a bandage scene as well as vaccination scene, with the bicep of the seated figure of prime concern. In either event, it stands as an incredibly rare specimen, with great medical-related artistry and from a pivotal period in world history.

     

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