A recent addition to the School archive is this silver medallion.
The gentleman who donated it has no connection to the School. He collects 17th century tokens and after successfully bidding for an auction lot, was sifting through his purchases and came across this medallion in one of the boxes. He contacted the School and the rest as they say is history - which leads us to ask for help from our OBs and the outside community.
Would any of you know anything about the medallion?
The inscription on the front reads:
and on the reverse - a laurel leaf design around the edge, with a W in the centre.
The medallion is English silver made by Marples & Beasley, Jewellers and Medallists, Albion Street, Birmingham. Date: 1934. The diameter of the medallion is 31mm.
Any snippets of information about this item would be most welcome, as we would like to catalogue it in as much detail as possible.
This charming donation was given to us by the Rafter family.
Alma Duncan Rafter or 'Polly' as she was fondly known, came to Berkhamsted School for Girls as Head of Art in 1960, enjoying 30 years of teaching before retiring in 1995.
The teddy bears will be on display in School, as part of the '125' Festina Lente celebrations.
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