QUEBEC Montreal Windsor Hotel Governor General Dufferin (Leroux 1535, McLachlan-152, Charlton 5380) 36.6mm gilt white metal 18.75 grams. Unsigned (by M.E. Lymburner).
Obverse: view of the hotel, WINDSOR HOTEL MONTREAL / OPENED / 28 JANY 1878 / J. WORTHINGTON / PROPRIETOR / LARGEST IN THE DOMINION
Reverse: IN COMMEMORATION / OF A / BANQUET & BALL / TO THE / GOVERNOR GENERAL / AND / COUNTESS OF DUFFERIN / BY THE / CITIZENS OF MONTREAL / FEB. 12TH. & 14TH 1878
Issued to commemorate a banquet and ball held in honour of the the Governor General, the Earl of Dufferin, and the Countess of Dufferin at the then-recently-opened Windsor Hotel in Montreal in February 1878.
It was an event that the Montreal Gazette (13 Feb 1878 p2) compared to the 1860 visit of the Prince of Wales visit to Montreal, saying that few events created so much interest in social circles, and that the Windsor Hotel was one of few places in Canada so well calculated to suit the occasion. Earlier in the day there was a photography session at the Notman Studio, the opening of the Mackay Institute, and a visit to the Villa Maria Convent. The evening was to be taken up with a banquet and the ball at Windsor Hotel complete with a thirty-piece orchestra under the direction of a Mr. Gruenwald. The Gazette printed the programme, the Earl of Dufferin’s dance card, a description of the ladies’ dresses and the guest list. Events were to continue over the next several days. Noteworthy was the Feb. 13th reception at McGill University where the members of the convocation were requested to dress in Academical costume.
Photos are not included.