I can clearly remember seeing this medal many years ago when it was in the possession of my mother but i did not understand what it actually was at that time or the other items that were in the box.The medal is in fact a souvenir of the 1889 Inauguration of the Eiffel Tower and was given out in limited numbers to people who made the accent up this magical structure, this along with many other items including postcards and dinner menus were collected by my great grandparents when they visited the Paris Exposition Universelle ( Click the link for a more detailed read ) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exposition_Universelle_(1889) and on there return home these items were put away in a small keepsake box which is now in my possession,The souvenir medal is also engraved with my great grandfather's name. This gave me the idea of creating a miniature 1/12th scale keepsake box full of similar items.
The box is constructed using a walnut carcass and covered in Ivory,while the top is inlaid with various different woods.
The inside is covered with antique red calf skin leather which gives a beautiful aged look.
And a sneak peek at the contents inside.
This piece of work is possibly one of the most personal pieces i have made to date and i have to admit i did get slightly attached to it and thought twice about putting it up for sale, however i have decided to create another piece in a different design for myself as i truly love the way it turned out.
The box also contained many foreign coins that had obviously been collected when my great grandparents travelled overseas, unfortunately these are a little difficult to replicate in 1/12th scale so i have placed a very very tiny roman coin also inside the box, this was a metal detecting find by myself a few years back although i am not sure of the date or who the emperor portrayed on the coin is.
The above and below images show the engraved medal that inspired the creation of this piece.
This was a wonderful piece to work on and i have to say one of my personal favourites, i love nothing more than when i can create a piece like this that links back to something that is not only personal to myself but also beautiful.
This will be my last post for a while as my daughter is being admitted to hospital on Saturday for the birth of her baby, many thanks for all of your wonderful and kind comments they are really very much appreciated .
Have a wonderful week . Tony.