Medal (reverse), of Edinburgh Skating Club

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Postcard of Medal (reverse), of Edinburgh Skating Club.
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Medal (reverse), of Edinburgh Skating Club

This is the reverse of a silver medal of the Edinburgh Skating Club. The medal, which is suspended from a red ribbon, was presented to James Gibson Thomson in 1826.

The reverse is inscribed with the figure of Mercury - the Roman messenger of the Gods whose quickness of movement is similar to that of the substance mercury, also known as quicksilver. The Latin inscription translates as, 'swifter than the wind'.

In the Middle Ages skates were made with bone runners, but the introduction of metal runners from Holland made it a more attractive sport.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-221-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1967.427
Date: 1826
Material: Silver
Dimensions: 140 mm L (including ribbon); 42 mm D
What: Medal / badge
Subject: Medals (NMAS Classification)
Who: Edinburgh Skating Club
James Gibson Thomson
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Silver medal of the Edinburgh Skating Club, for James Gibson Thomson, 1826
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