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Hot air ballon ascension souvenir medal

Object Number: 
1940.983
Date: 
ca. 1878
Medium: 
Brass; paper
Dimensions: 
diameter: 2 in. ( 5.1 cm )
Description: 
Brass struck medal with obverse showing aerial view of Paris with hot air balloon hovering over it; inscription in exergue: "PANORAMA de PARIS/1878." Reverse bears inscription: "SOUVENIR/DE MON ASCENSION/DANS/LE GRAND BALLON CAPTIF/A VAPEUR/DE MR HENRY GIFFARD/INA. THURSBY/30 JULLIET." Circular loop for handing attached at top center.
Gallery Label: 
This medal was obtained by a tourist in Paris who wished to commemorate his or her ascent on a hot air balloon.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Ina Love Thursby
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group