CANADA 1867 - 1927 original Diamond Jubilee Medal with case by R. Delamarre 76mm bronze medal 160 grams, plain edge (seldom offered with case which is in respectable condition but with some staining on the inside)
The 60th Anniversary of Confederation medal depicted an updated image of Canada. The design was first created by Canadian illustrator Charles Jefferys (1869-1951), and was engraved by the French medallist, Raymond Delamarre (1890-1986) who played a significant role in the art deco movement. Medals were struck in silver and bronze and awarded to prominent Canadians, dignitaries and members of government, while one medal was struck in gold and presented to King George V.
The 1927 medal design provides an allegorical representation of the growth, development and early transformation of Canada. In place of Wyon's four maidens which represented the founding provinces of Canada on the 1867 medal, a new single “Canada” figure on the 1927 medal has gained maturity and confidence, and represents the unified country. Her arms are spread wide, echoing Canada’s official motto which appears across the medal AD MARI USQUE AD MARE (“FROM SEA TO SEA”). Below the allegorical figure are sheaves of wheat and clusters of maple leaves. Behind her, a map of the country includes the transcontinental rail links and the shield from the Royal Arms of Canada. The names of four prominent explorers are also included: (Captain James) Cook, (Captain George) Vancouver are inscribed along the West coast, while (Jacques) Cartier and (Samuel de) Champlain are inscribed on the East side of the map. ‘Canada’ stands proudly on a pedestal marked 1867-1927.
The obverse features a regal crowned effigy of King George V by Sir Bertram Mackennal. While the reverse was engraved by a famous French medallist and the obverse by a famous Australian medallist the reverse design was by Canadian artist, illustrator Charles William Jefferys. For more of his work there is a dedicated website at https://www.cwjefferys.ca/
Raymond Delamarre - At the age of 16 Delamarre joined the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and was attached to the studio of Jules-Félix Coutan. His studies were interrupted, firstly by his conscription into the army from 1911 to 1913 and then service from 1914 to 1918 after the French mobilization, although between the two he managed some further time back in Coutan's studio. Soon after mobilization Delamarre was sent to the front and was almost immediately taken prisoner. He was released in the course of an exchange of prisoners carried out in 1916 and returned to active service. On leaving the army at the end of the war, Delamarre now tried to secure the "Prix de Rome" and with the bas-relief "Le retour du guerrier au foyer familial" he shared the prize with Alfred Janniot which meant he was able to spend four years in Rome at the Villa Médicis. He was to stay in Rome until 1924, and visited and studied the sculpture of Greece. He was as well known as a sculptor as he was a medallist.