Antique Saint Michael Medal
Rare antique Belgian medal featuring a stunning depiction of Archangel Saint Michael slaying the beast (Satan) in the eternal battle of good versus evil. The crisp clear details on this masterpiece of a medallion are truly outstanding. The sculptural font around the border translates to "town of Saint Hubert Brussels". The regal crown and ornate spray of wildflowers make this antique beauty an incredibly special treasure.
The reverse is artfully engraved and translates to "Society Saint Hubert 1885 / horn competition for amateur soloists / 2nd prize". A laurel victory wreath adorns the border. The hunting horn is traditionally associated with Saint Hubert the patron of huntsmen. It was it was said to be used by the saint while hunting, when he experienced a vision of a stag with a crucifix between its antlers. The stag tells Hubert that he needs to live a more godly life. Hubert then renounces his wealth, gives up hunting, becomes a priest and eventually a saint. Saint Hubert became the patron saint of horn players and hunters.
- material - acid tested for silver, however the medal is not hallmarked. It appears to be heavily silver plated bronze
- crafted in Brussels, Belgium
- Circa late 1800s
- weight - 39 grams
- diameter - 2 inches
- height including the loop - 2.50 inches
The medal is signed J. Wurden. The Wurden family of medalists and silversmiths were of German origin. Jean Baptiste Wurden (1807-1874) started the business around 1845, at his death his three sons took over. Around the turn of the 19th century they stopped producing medals.
Saint Michael´s patronage includes:
Guardian of the Catholic Church
Guardian of Vatican City
protector of the Jewish people
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