An article in the February 2010 issue of The MCA Advisory (published by the Medal Collectors of America) illustrated a very elaborately decorated early 19th century medal cabinet.
MCA Advisory Editor John W. Adams kindly forwarded the article for republishing here in The E-Sylum. Thanks! At $275,000 it's a bit pricier than its modern counterparts.
Philadelphia antiques dealer Anthony Stuempfig (email@example.com) found the MCA website while searching for information on the CC Wright Erie Canal Medal to add to a website he publishes on early New York furniture. That led to an e-mail discussion of an extraordinary medal cabinet that he has available for sale. We now know that wood is not an ideal storage medium for medals due to the natural acidity, but this cabinet is an exceptionally beautiful object in its own right and a window onto the collecting habits of a very affluent - perhaps royal - medal collector of the early 19th century.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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