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Since I had talked about the early 19th century PlM making I like to introduce everybody to the Bavarian medal for Arts & Science in gold. Those of you how had the chance to examine such a piece may have realized that the medal consists of two parts, the medal itself and a device that enables the recipient to carry the decoration.

Some may have even realized that the ring and the suspension look a little bit off color, even tarnished. The reason for this is the lower cold content of the devise. Mixing gold with other type metals created a more rigid mix that would withstand the constant stress of weight and moving. A pure gold (Dukatengold) would have not been able to support the weight of the Arts & Science medal. Medals would have probably fallen out of its carrying devise.

You might ask now, why they did not just solder the suspension directly to the medal. Well, the pure gold would melt easily. Also, attaching something more ridig would cause a total regilt of the decoration.

Edited by medalnet

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i've seen only ones one in an auction catalog (more or less poor pics) - but this one looks really great :love:

and with all the info you gave us to the medal its - much more impressive!

thanks much :beer:

christian

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Beautiful piece Andreas! Will you be updating the information/link for Robert's updated badge article when he publishes it? I have read the advance copy.......... the world will be shattered for many people

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PPS: It is wonderful to see you here. I hope all our members will take a long look at your website! It's one of the finest Imperial ones out there!

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