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1862 International Exhibition Medal (named). What kind of an award is this ?

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This handsome bronze medal is named on its edge to : A. PINATEL

55 mm diameter, 6 mm thickness, 85grs weight. The Queen's portrait is signed W.WYON RA

The caption on the reverse " FOR SERVICES" suggests some type of reward. The question is : who would have received such a medal ? And for what sort of services ?

The slightest piece of information will be greatly gratefully received. Thank for your kind attention

Veteran

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The 1862 International Exhibition was the successor to the 1851 Great Exhibition in Hyde Park -

known as the Crystal Palace. The building was built especially for this later exhibition and,

similarly to the one in 1851 it showcased British developments - and also those from overseas.

Unfortunately, it came in for critiscism and was not a great success - the building was pulled

down in 1864. However, this was to London's benefit. The position that it had been placed-on

became the new Natural History Museum in Cromwell Road - and this has enthralled numberless

millions of young people who have visited over the years. Still one of my favourite places to visit.

Your medallion was probably to either one of the exhibitor's - or, in view of it's way of naming -

perhaps a thankyou to one of the organisers. Try looking his name-up in the 1862 Who's Who ?

Mervyn

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The 1862 International Exhibition was the successor to the 1851 Great Exhibition in Hyde Park -

known as the Crystal Palace. The building was built especially for this later exhibition and,

similarly to the one in 1851 it showcased British developments - and also those from overseas.

Unfortunately, it came in for critiscism and was not a great success - the building was pulled

down in 1864. However, this was to London's benefit. The position that it had been placed-on

became the new Natural History Museum in Cromwell Road - and this has enthralled numberless

millions of young people who have visited over the years. Still one of my favourite places to visit.

Your medallion was probably to either one of the exhibitor's - or, in view of it's way of naming -

perhaps a thankyou to one of the organisers. Try looking his name-up in the 1862 Who's Who ?

Mervyn

The medals for the various participants of the 1862 exhibition came in 5 categories, Council Medal. Prize medal, Exhibitors Medal (for those who exhibited but did not win a prize) the Jurors medal and the Services Medal. The Services medal was award to those who were responsible for the setting up and organisation of the exhibition.

Paul

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Hello Mervin and Paul

Thank you very much for this useful information.

Strangely, the name PINATEL is typical of southern France.... and for as much as I can remember this medal was picked up in France, possibly the Paris flee-market. Naming on medals is attractive, that's probably why it was bought, probably for a few francs.

I could'nt find the 1862 Who's Who and the name Pinatel did not bring anything up on Google for that period.

Best regards

Paul

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