Paul Bosco Coins and Medals

 

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Bois Durci Medals and Plaques

The idea of mixing sawdust with ox blood to make ‘hardened wood’ was the inspiration of the French poet Charles Franćois Le Page in 1855. The mixture was ground into a powder, colored to simulate wood, steam-heated and then pressed into a heated steel mold. This early version of plastic was used for picture frames, desk furnishings and jewelry, but saw its widest use in the productions of highly polished plaques of famous individuals. Most of the bois durci plaques were produced by Alfred Latry in Paris. Here is a selection of such pieces in our extensive stock. Unless otherwise noted all are uniface, unsigned, and undated.

 

John Bright, 1811–1889, British Quaker statesman. Bois durci, 110 mm, hanger on back.

 

Richard Cobden, 1804–1865, English manufacturer and statesman. Bois durci, 110 mm, hanger on back.

 

Abbé Charles-Michel de l'Épée, 1712-1789, known as the "Father of the Deaf". Bois durci, 110 mm, hanger on back.

 

Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1807–1882, Italian general, politician and nationalist, at bottom GUERRA D’ITALIA 1859. Short hair variety, bois durci, 111 mm, in gilt frame, ‘BOIS DURCI’ in capital letters on back; another with hanger at top.

 

Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1807–1882, Italian general, politician and nationalist. Long hair variety, bois durci, 112 mm, with hanger on top, ‘BOIS DURCI’ in capital letters on back; another holed.

 

Napoleon III, French emperor, 1852-1870. Bois durci, 112 mm, ‘BOIS DURCI’ in capital letters on back, in gilt frame with hanger on top.

 

Friedrich Schiller, German author, 1759-1808. Bois durci, 113 mm.

 

William Shakespeare, English author, 1564-1616. Bois durci, 112 mm, ‘BOIS DURCI’ in capital letters with monogram on back.

 

Émile Jean-Horace Vernet, 1789–1863, French painter. Bois durci, 110 mm, hanger on back.

 

Victor Emanuel II, King of Italy, 1861-1878, dated 1859. Bois durci, 112 mm, hanger at top, ‘BOIS DURCI’ in capital letters on back.

 

Victoria, Queen of England, 1837-1901. Bois durci, 111 mm, knob at top, ‘Bois durci’ in script on back.

 

Adoration of the infant Jesus, scene of six people. Bois durci, 112 x 95 mm, recessed in frame with angles holding a crown of thorns and cross above and GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO and BETHLÉEM below, in all 150 x 180 mm., hanger on back.

 

 

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