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Ref: 6102

White City, Franco-British Exhibition 1908, uniface gilt-bronze medal by Charles Pillet, rare and attractive

 

 

Obv: Marianne and Britannia clasp hands, holding respective flags, White City pavilion in the background, LONDRES 1908 EXPOSITION FRANCO-BRITANNIQUE below

 

Edge: numbered 49

 

References: -

 

Condition: Extremely fine; Diameter: 100x72mm

 

Notes: The Franco-British Exhibition lasted 5 months at the site of White City, Shepherds Bush, west London. It celebrated the Entente Cordiale of 1904. Apparently the following limerick advertised the event (whilst not lacking in humour, the copywriters clearly need a lesson in scansion):

 

A maiden of coy disposition,

Met her fate at the Bush Exhibition,

When his great love he told her,

Placed her head on his shoulder,

And enjoyed the happier position.

 

In an Anglo-French section one night,

A Youth met a Maiden, gay and bright,

But her idea of pleasure,

Was of such boundless measure,

He left with heart heavy, purse light

 

 

Price £375

White City, Franco-British Exhibition 1908, uniface gilt-bronze medal by Charles Pillet
White City, Franco-British Exhibition 1908, uniface gilt-bronze medal by Charles Pillet

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