Lovely antique 19th century French laurel and oak leaf with acorns award or medal of a sort in .800/1000 solid silver with a brilliant 18k gold layer (vermeil) that means it would have been the gold medal, 1st or top award. Perfectly preserved and treasured in the original presentation case, a red thick card box with gold edging. The tiny boar's head hallmark used by France affirms it is .800/1000 pure silver, a better choice for thin casting like this since it's not quite as fragile as is the higher .950/1000 pure standard. This one with no engraving on the main floral accented medallion though it is marked "Tairac" in the lower left for what was most likely the foundry or maker of the design (there is also an "AF" mark in the lower right). A fabulous piece! Directly in from France, we can never keep these in inventory and this might well be the most lovely of all we've ever found of these laurel and oak leaf awards. Don't miss it!
Very good to excellent throughout, without any loss or damage to note. It has been stored and tucked away. The gold vermeil layering is superb, not lost by polishing. The silver is .800/1000 pure, guarantee is the tiny boar's head mark we've also shown in our images. Superb to have it still in the old original presentation case, which also is in very nice condition for age and materials. The front corners of the box have splits and there is some light surface staining to the exterior. See pictures for weight and measurements.
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