I recently came upon your fascinating query / article regarding the 1902 Paris in London Exhibition medal. I'm an author who explores and writes about synchronicity, and my
current work in progress involves several antiques, one of which bears a foil coin of this medal. Almost. It's an Excelda handkerchief box with contents, with a wonderful
cover image that called to me. On one end of the lid is a sticker with the two sides of the gold medal like that shown in your query, minus the word "Paris". The
background sticker reads "London Exhibitions 1902 & 1908 Awards for Excelda Hdkfs."
I realize that this isn't exactly the same as the one you pictured, but thought it might be of interest nonetheless, being related, though in paper form. Interestingly,
Excelda also manufactured silk and cotton thread items like the medal awardee Wardle & Davenport of the query image.
I am finding quite a bit of info on the handkerchief company, but the medal remains quite a puzzle.
I am a bibliophile as well, collecting odd old books and hand-illustrated philatelic covers, and look forward to exploring the Numismatic Bibliomania site as well!
Thanks! Interesting. The exhibition prize medals became great marketing tools for the winning companies, who plastered images of them all over their products and
Jenna also found the below advertising card featuring an image of the medal. Per her request I put her in touch with Joe Levine of Presidential Coin & Antique Company and
Kenneth Traub, author of the original article. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org . -Editor