Colony of Natal: Royal Agricultural Society of Natal Award

Colony of Natal: Royal Agricultural Society of Natal AwardColony of Natal: Royal Agricultural Society of Natal Award
Form: Circular
By: Arthur Fenwick (obv.) & James Fenton & Co., (rev.) both of Birmingham
Date: 1909
Ref:  Laidlaw: 0618;
31.9 mmSilver13.6 gm$45

Edge: Plain.

Obverse: Raised reeded rim. Pastoral scene with horse, cattle, pig, sheep, duck and chickens in a field. Bridge over stream with trees on left, trees on right, Cape Dutch farmhouse behind and hills in the distance.

Reverse: Raised reeded rim. Across with spaces for engraving: "(space) / AWARDED TO / (space) / FOR / (space)". This medal engraved: “1909 / W. VICKERS / BULL TERRIER / DOG" Legend: “ROYAL AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY OF NATAL”. Stamped at the foot with the maker's mark: "J.F" and the Birmingham sterling silver hallmarks for 1909-10 (k).

Notes: The obverse design is after Arthur Fenwick. On an earlier medal for the Pietermaritzburg Agricultural Society (Laidlaw 1169) the design has his name.

The Royal Agricultural Society of Natal originated in the Pietermaritzburg Agricultural Society which was formed in 1851. After the Boer War it became the Agricultural Society of Natal and in 1904 the Society was granted Royal status by King Edward VII. The show grounds are 1.5 km north of the center of Pietermaritzburg. Apart from 1906, the year of the Natal Rebellion, the Royal Show has been held annually. At present the Royal Show is held over 10 days from late May to early June with around 220 000 visitors.