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  1. Electrotype copy of the De Witt Brothers Assassination medal. IILVSTRISSIMI. FRATRES. IOHAN: ET. CORNEL: DE. WITT 48mm coppered 22gram. The original medal was struck in two sizes 48mm silver and 51mm WM. The design has some subtle differences between the two sizes. They both had edge inscriptions, the silver was in latin, WM in dutch. "Historic 1672 De Witt Brothers Assassination Medal 1672 De Witt Brothers Assassination Dutch Medal Commemorating the murders of Johan and Cornelius De Witt in 1672, this Dutch medal features the conjoined busts of the brothers facing right and the Latin legend ILLVSTRISSIMI FRATRES JOHAN ET CORNEL DE WIT (the distinguished brothers Johan and Cornelius De Witt). An eight-line Dutch inscription within an ornate border fills the reverse. .Johan, a leading statesman in Holland, was unpopular with the general populace due to his pro-French sentiments. He was lured into visiting his brother in prison, but it was an elaborate trap plotted by his political enemies. Once he arrived at the jail, an angry mob murdered him and his brother--their bodies torn to pieces and put on public display" Though the quotation above states Johan was killed because of his pro-French stance that was not really the case. De Witt had opposed making the young William of Orange(later to be William III of England) Statholder for life because he wanted to protect the Repulic from monarchy. The French(Louis XIV) had rapidly conquered all but 2 of the 7 Provinces and De Witt wanted to either negotiated for better terms, before the remaining provinces were defeated, or at least buy some time with the negotiations to prepare some defences. Both the brothers were in fact true Dutch republican patriots, who, though they opposed the House of Orange's ambition to be rulers of the Netherlands, were in no way pro-French.
  2. LOUIS XVI ROI DE F. NE EN 1754 MORT EN 1793 (Duvivier) LOUIS XVII ROI DE FR. NE EN 1785 MORT EN 1795 (N.Tiolier) M.ANTOIN.REINE DE FR. N.EN 1755 M.EN 1793 (Duvivier) DE B.CONDE DUC D'ENG. NE EN 1772 MORT EN 1804. Louis de Bourbon Condé, duc d'Enghien. (Gatteaux) ELISABETH DE FRANCE NEE 1764 M.EN 1794 (?) C.F.DUC DE BERRY NE EN 1778 MORT EN 1820 (Gayrard, Dubois,?) arranged around HENRI IV ROI DE FRAN. NE EN 1558 MORT EN 1610 (Droz) LEVEQUE(Pierre?) EDITEUR, this is a gilt 56mm unifaced galvano/electrotype, one of a collection I have acquired, they are all of superb quality & I will post them later. Would you call 7 Bourbon death medals in 1 overkill? They were all tragic deaths. I have been unable to find an example online & have no reference for this compilation medal. EDIT Found the reverse description. REVERSE: LA FRANCE STANDING OVER ALTER WITH "A LA MEMOIRE DE HENRI IV ET DES AUG. MEMBRE - DE LA FAMILLE ROYALE QUI ONT PERI - VICTIMES DE LA REVOLUTION - 1820" . IN EXERGUE BELOW. AROUND THE EDGE: "LE SANG DE VOS ROIS CRIE.ET NEST POINT ÉCOUTÉ.ROMPEX, ROMPEX TOUT PACTE AVEC L'IMPIÉTÉ"
  3. Gilded electrotype copy of the obverse of Sir Philip Sidney, Shropshire, Shrewsbury School medal, circa 1840(seen it referenced in an 1844 gentleman's magazine), bust of Sir Philip Sidney wearing ruff collar bare-head facing, rev. legend within oak wreath border in nine lines, 48 mm. Obv. PHILIPPUS SIDNEY REG. SCHOL. SALOP. ALUMNUS A.D.1564 below bust NAT. A.D. 1554. O B. A.D. 1586. Sir Philip(named for Queen Mary's Spanish husband) Sidney (1554-1586), Elizabethan soldier, statesman, author and poet. Educated at Shrewsbury and Christchurch Oxford. All his tutors expected great things of him, he was a true renaissance man. Was in Paris during the St Bartholomews Day Massacre 1572, sought sanctuary with the Sir Francis Walsingham(English ambassador) he was later(1582) to marry Walsingham's daughter. Died a heroic death at the age of 32. His death was lamented on a huge scale, one of the most celebrated English funerals http://wiki.umd.edu/...itle=Engravings Below is just one of the 30+ engravings from that link, which have the latin text and an english translation. The corps was covered with velvet and caryed by 14 of his yomen. The corners of the Paule were houlden by 4 Gentlmen his deer lovinge frende. The Banrole were caryed by 4 of his neer kynredd. The French ambassador describes the scene where Sir Philip sends a note to Queen Elizabeth I pertaining to the proposed marriage to Duc d'Alencon; "… Just then a page hurried in. With a gracious bow to his sovereign in whose august frown twinkled gleams of indulgent kindness, he handed her a letter. “From Master Philip Sidney,” quavered his boyish treble. Thousands of brightly-coloured rays flashed from her jewelled fingers as the hands that ruled England broke the seal. A moment later the sun was dimmed and a terrible thunder sounded in the chamber. She had risen; the letter lay on the cold flags like a white rag – ‘He tells me not to marry the Frenchman! Sidney begs leave to advise his queen!" His diplomatic career opened with promise: at the age of only 22, he was appointed as a special envoy on what was superficially a courtesy call on the families of the recently deceased Holy Roman Emperor and the Elector Palatine. The real purpose behind the mission was to sound out support for a Protestant league in Germany and the Low Countries as a defence against Spanish ambitions. He was a huge success abroad, the French, Germans, Italians, Dutch and Poles all fawned over him, this did not make him very popular with QE I, though he had been one of her favourites at court.
  4. Gilded electrotype copy of John Earl of Eldon Lord High Chancellor of Brittain 1827 medal 48mm by C. Voigt BHM#1308. John Scott, first Lord Eldon(1751-1838), barrister. He was appointed Attorney-General in 1793 and created Baron Eldon of Eldon in 1799. In 1801 he was appointed Lord Chancellor but surrendered the seals after Pitt's death in 1806 during which year he acted as adviser to Caroline Princess of Wales. He resumed the Great Seal in the Portland administration in 1807. In 1821 he received the titles of Viscount Encombe and Earl of Eldon. The judgements that Eldon gave were hardly ever reversed and his work is noted for the permanent form it gave to the law.
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