National Temperance League Festival, Band of Hope Union Choir 1872, white metal medal, extremely rare
Obv: boy kneeling at prayer, TRAIN UP A CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO on banner below, BE THOU FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH / LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION above, WINE IS A MOCKER below
Rev: THE HOLDER OF THIS MEDAL WAS ONE OF THE TEN THOUSAND SINGERS WHO TWO CONCERTS AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE JULY 23. 1872 on central shield, UNITED KINGDOM BAND OF HOPE UNION CHOIR on border around
Condition: Good very fine; Diameter: 38mm
Reference: Allen SY-1872/001 (previously unrecorded); Crummett BH37
Notes: The National Temperance League was formed in 1856 and the United Kingdon Band of Hope was formed in 1855, with the aim of keeping children away from alcohol. They held an annual festival at Crystal Palace. The “ten thousand” children in the choir was in fact five thousand, who each performed twice.