1889-1898 F.E. Hardeman's Bronze Eiffel Tower Ascension Medal in Box
#AD053: Eiffel Tower Souvenir
F.E. Hardeman, (presumed British, as this was found in Devon England) climbed the 1st stage of the Eiffel Tower in Paris France and had this bronze medal engraved to commemorate the amazing ascension. He or she personally came home to England carrying this blue velvet lined and beautifully boxed Victorian era medal to prove it.
The Eiffel Tower was named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose own company designed and built it from 1887–89 as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair, known as the 1889 Universal Exposition. It was held in France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution of 1789.
Text on the medal front reads:
Les Trevaux Le Monument
Ont Commence A Ete Inaugure
Le 27 Janv. Le 6 Mai 1889.
Invalides 105. Not Dame 66. Cologne 159. Opera 56.
Gd. Pyramide 145. Pantheon 83. St. Pierre 132.
Arc de Triomphe 45. Rouen 150.
Obelique Washington 169.
Tour Eiffel 300.
Text on reverse reads:
de mon Ascension
Au 1st Etage de
La Tour Eiffel
engraved F.E. Hardeman
24 Avril 1898
maker's mark at bottom: USINE METALLURGICUE PARISIENNE
This translates to "Souvenir of my ascension on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower April 24, 1898 by F.E. Hardeman 24 April 1898." We did find evidence of an English author named F.E. Hardeman. This is a beautiful original boxed piece and someone's treasured vintage souvenir. The box is made of wood with a brass clasp, and covered in thin marroon leather, deep red brown in colour.
It was found in Totnes, Devon, England. A wonderful piece on it's own, and also a great Hardeman family genealogy find too! Did he or she acquire the medal in 1889 and the go back to Paris again to have it engraved in 1898? Click images to see condition in very close up and movable views. One of a kind. When gone, we will never have again.
Size: The box is 3 inches square.
The medal is 1.75 inches in diameter.
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