A 1900 French Exposition Universelle Award Medal
A 1900 French Exposition Universelle Award Medal - Bronze, weighing 103 grams, engraver marked "J.C. CHAPLAIN", cornucopia hallmarked and marked "BRONZE" on the edge, obverse illustrating the right-facing bust of Marianne, backed by an oak tree on her left and looking towards the city of Paris at the right, reverse illustrating a winged female in flight, her right hand holding a wreath, her left hand grasping the lower left leg of a man sitting upon her, with a torch in his left hand, an exposition building in the distant background, a plaque below inscribed in raised lettering "O.W. THORNE", 63.8 mm, extremely fine. Footnote: The Exposition Universalle of 1900 was a world's fair held in Paris, France, from April 15 to November 12, 1900, to celebrate the achievements of the past century and to accelerate development into the next. The style that was universally present in the Exposition was Art Nouveau. The fair, visited by nearly fifty million people, displayed many machines, inventions, and architecture that are now nearly universally known, including the Grande Roue de Paris Ferris wheel, Russian nesting dolls, diesel engines, escalators, and the telegraphone (the first magnetic audio recorder).