One of the most tenured clients of C. Forbes is the Smithsonian Institution. Our company has assisted in multiple commemoratives and awards for its vast museum collections. The Smithsonian commissioned a replica of the Queen Victoria Medal as a donor recognition award. Made in the USA, the process used for this medallion is becoming a lost art due to the intricate and labor intensive steps involved. The execution of the hand cut sculpt required the hand of just the right artist, so Gladys Gunther was commissioned for the project. She cut a 10-inch diameter design out of plaster, from which a rubber mold was made. The rubber mold was converted into a 3- inch block of steel that was used in the production process to strike the medal. The resulting hand – sculpted 3-inch diameter bronze medallion was enhanced with a matte “smut” gold finish. After her coronation in 1838, Queen Victoria reigned for over 63 years. In 2015, her great-great-granddaughter, Elizabeth II, surpassed her record as the longest reigning British monarch. It seems somehow fitting that a woman would be selected to sculpt a medallion paying homage to her legacy.

Queen Victoria Medal Award