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Death of The Duc de Berry 1820


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My avatar Charles Ferdinand d'Artois (24 January 1778 – 14 February 1820) stabbed on the 13th but died the next day. His son Henry, was born 7 months later.

 

Heavily gilded(bronze?) 41mm by Gayrard in brooch/pinback holder, no edge marks. I assume it is an original strike, gilded & mounted soon after the death of the Duc de Berry. The gilding is so thick that most people just seeing it (not weighing it) might well have taken it for solid gold(I wish). I see no reason for it to be mounted for wearing at a much later date...but I could be wrong

 

Obv. CH. FERDINAND DUC DE BERRY GAYRARD F.

Rev. PUGIONE PERCUSSUS PERDIIT 14 FEB. 1820 / GALLIA SPEM SUAM CONJUX AMANTEM MILITES DUCEM PAUPERES PATREM PERDIDERE.

Exergue. DE PUYMAURIN FECIT ET DIR.

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I'd agree that it's a contemporary mounting. It's one of those medals that loses its immediacy shortly after the event. It's too bad in a sense, a beautiful medal that makes "iffy" jewelry... :ninja:

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