Antique Bronze Medal Vienna World Exposition 1873
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This bronze medal commemorating the Vienna World Exposition of 1873 was made by Karl Schwenzer (1843-1904) and Josef Tautenhayn (1868-1962). Material: bronze. Dimensions: 71mm x 5 mm. It was awarded to James Hector for his services to the Exposition. The obverse side shows a portrait bust of Emperor Franz Josef I with the text 'FRANZ JOSEF I KAISER VON OESTERREICH KOENIG VON BOEHMEN ETC APOST KOENIG VON UNGARN' (Franz Joseph I Emperor of Austria King of Bohemia etc., Apostolic King of Hungary).
The reverse side shows an allegorical scene depicting a woman with a cornucopia handing a laurel wreath to a seated woman holding a distaff; between them is a man standing at an anvil holding a hammer and laurel wreath. The inscription reads 'WELTAUSSTELLUNG 1873 WIEN / DEN VERDIENSTE' (World Exposition Vienna 1873 / For Services).
REFERENCES: The Vienna World Exposition of 1873 was the first to be held in a German-speaking country. Modeled on the Great Exhibition held at Crystal Palace, London, in 1851, and subsequent events in London in 1862 and Paris, the Vienna World Exposition was intended to show to the world the industrial and cultural progress of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and its rapidly expanding and modernizing capital city.
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- 19th century
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