Souvenir Medallion commemorating Giffard's Balloon Ascent on image of Paris

1879 in Paris

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One souvenir medallion commemorating Henri Giffard's balloon ascent in 1878, Exposition Universelle, Paris. Gilt metal; 36mm diameter; with ring and suspension bar, length 65mm. Obverse showing: legend, Panorama de Paris 1879; scene of Giffard's tethered balloon over view of Paris. Reverse legend: Souvenir de mon ascension dans le grand balloon captif a vapeur de Mr. Henry Giffard. Set into corner of reproduced (from book: Fig.204) black and white photographic picture, credit Collection Tissandier, of the Giffard balloon being installed in the Tuilleries for the Exposition Universelle 1878; in frame 17x26cm [workshop construction; not contemporary to medal]


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complete and metal (gilt)
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Sir Arthur Elton.

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