An Antique Dutch Silver Medal

An Antique Dutch Silver Medal

Amsterdam, 1653 by Wouter Muller
$6,000

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Description

The front with a bust of Admiral Tromp in very high relief, wearing a collar with the Order of St. Michael, surrounded by naval emblems, under a crown held by two Putti of Fame blowing trumpets all over a ribbon inscribed in script: Myn hert en handt was voor het Landt. (My Heart and Hand Were for the Fatherland).<br /><br />

The back showing a naval engagement within a pearled inner border and the inscription: Waarom doet muller Tromp door kunst van gout en silver leeven: om dat hy’d yzer eew door krygsdeugd heeft verdreven. obÿt den. 10 aug: 1653 (in script) (Why Does the Art of Müller Make Tromp Live in Gold and Silver? Because His Valor Has Removed from Us the Age of Iron. Died on 10 August 1653).<br /><br />

Martin Harpertzoon Tromp (1597-1653), was Lieutenant-Admiral of the Dutch fleet and was chiefly responsible for the Netherlands' naval victories during the 17th century. Tromp's destruction of the Spanish armada at the Battle of the Downs in 1639 effectively ended Spanish sea power. This medal shows the Battle of Scheveningen, the final naval battle of the First Anglo-Dutch War, during which Tromp was mortally wounded.<br /><br />

O. (or Wouter) Muller was a silversmith and medallist of Amsterdam, whose work dates between 1653 and 1688. Bolzenthal calls him "der Meister Muller", and gives him high praise for the excellence of the execution of his medals. Like those of Peter van Abeele, his medals are embossed and chased and are in high relief.<br /><br />

Ref: Van Loon II 364 (var.); M.I., i, 403/34; Hall, 194; Salton 145; Eimer 45/186; Scher (Dutch Medals) 37/24 (var.)

Dimensions

Size Diameter: 2.85 in. (7.24 cm.)
Weight 3 oz. 18 dwt.
Stock No V8412

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