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Anyone Identify this 1880 Austrian Medal?

Started by Prosit, January 21, 2011, 07:16:48 PM

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Prosit

I got a question from my website about this medal but it isn't familiar to me.  Anyone know anthing about it?
Dale

chrisild


Prosit


Thanks!  It is quite an ornate thingy!

Dale



Quote from: chrisild on January 21, 2011, 07:59:44 PM
A shooting festival (Bundesschießen) medal, it seems ...
http://www.mcsearch.info/record.html?id=383538

Christian

Figleaf

The medal and the engraver are mentioned by Forrer in his Biographical Dictionary of Medallists:

Prize medals of the First Austrian Federal Rifle Meeting (2 var. ; 36 mill.);

is the work of:

SCHARFF, ANTON (Austr.). One of the most celebrated Medallists of modern times, son of the Vienna Mint-Medallist Michael Scharff, was born at Vienna on 10. June 1845. He was early instructed in drawing and modelling, and in 1860 entered the Academy of decorative Arts. Two years later he was admitted as a pupil at the ' Graveur-Akademie ' attached to the Vienna mint, and studied there under David Boehm. In 1866 he was appointed Assistant engraver at the Mint, and Engraver in 1868. In 1881 he became Director of the ' Graveur-Akademie '. The distinction of Court medallist was conferred upon him in 1887. He died on 6. July 1903 at Briinn.

(...)

Scharffs medallic works are very numerous and have placed him at the head of the Austrian school of medallists. He was a fine draughtsman, modelled well, and depicted the familiar aspects of nature with remarkable delicacy of sentiment. Compared to the French school, his style is perhaps lacking in softness and over minute and delicate, which is the only criticism that one can offer. His portraits are vigorous; every figure has been studied from the life with a rare truthfulness and appreciation, the general type and the individual character being equally well represented.


Scharff's signature is at 8 o'clock on the side with the figures. The motto UEB AUG UND HAND FUERS VATERLAND means practice eye and hand for the fatherland.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

Prosit

Thanks!

I always thought a copy of Forrer would be really nice to have but that is an expensive set of books!

Dale

Figleaf

Actually, the books are free of copyright and consultable and downloadable from the net,

http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%22Forrer%2C+L.+%28Leonard%29%22

apparently with the exception of part 1, which must be consulted online here:

http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?cc=genpub;view=toc;idno=AJK5386.0001.001

For your reference, the volumes cover the following:

1: A to Eagle
2: Eagle to Hyter
3: Inchiquin-Mazzio
4: Mebes-Quirillvs
5: Raab-Szirmai
6: Tanner-Zwol

The books are searchable in Adobe Reader.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

constanius

Plus there are 2 supplementary volumes 7 & 8 available online here http://www.digitalbookindex.org/_search/refsearchbiodict.asp just scroll down to Forrer.

Prosit

Thanks!! I bet I can discover a bit about some Austrian medalist I have long been curious about!  Looks like it will take no small amount of time and effort but that will make it possible to condense down to only the information I am interested in.  Wonderful!

Dale

Figleaf

More info on the medal: it was struck on 2 Gulden flans, so weight should be about 22.2 grams. The allegorical figures are Vindobona (Vienna) and Austria (standing). Catalogue numbers: Hauser 5101, Würzburg 9360.

Too bad the last two volumes can also be consulted online, but the url is stored. Thanks, Constanius.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.