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Can Anyone Tell Me If These Are Die Trials Or Display Pieces ?

 
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 Posted 09/28/2020  5:17 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CTH to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
They seem to be lead covered with bronze/zinc/silver. Any help would be appreciated.


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 Posted 09/28/2020  5:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add john100 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If they are lead, I wouldn't handle with bare hands
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 Posted 09/28/2020  5:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CTH to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yeah, gotcha. Color looks like lead. Might be something else.
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The wires are to attach the medal halves to, who knows, a book, a piece of furniture, your shop counter, even a uniform.
These replicas of prize medals were made so that winners could advertise their prowess by putting replicas of the prize pretty much anywhere they would fit. It was a common practice, particularly with exhibition prize winners.Sometimes wires were inset and at other times a heavy putty or cement like adhesive.

One example here, isfrom the Great Exhibition 1851, I hope that you can see what look like fibres of heavy velvet.

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@alganbagerap Thanks for that info, I was wondering about the pins in the back. I thought they were used to lift the medal out of a mould of some sort. And now come to thinnk of it, I do remember seeing these types of things on furniture once. I thought maybe these were what is called 'Appliques' but I thought appliques are usually very thin.
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These were often electrotypes, which are often excellent copies. Another reason they were made was to display both sides of the medal at the same time.
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