Pair of Garrick medals
Silver medals set in blue leather case; medal diam. 5.9; dimensions refer to case size when open. Contains plastic pouch with mulberry leaves
"1769 GARRICK JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS 1969 / These Garrick medals, designed by Paul Vincze, F.R.B.S., were presented to Dame Peggy Ashcroft by the Trustees of Shakespeare's Birthplace on the occasion of her planting a mulberry tree in the G" (inscr: on accompanying card); "WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE / 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE STRATFORD JUBILEE / © THE SHAKESPEARE BIRTHPLACE TRUST / 1769 - 1969 / P. VINCZE" (front of medal); "DAVID GARRICK / THE SONG WILL CEASE THE STONE DECAY / BUT HIS NAME / AND UNDIMINISH'D FAME / SHALL NEVER PASS AWAY / DAVID GARRICK ODE 1769 / P. VINCZE" (verso); "FINE SILVER" (on edge of each)
Presented to the Garrick Club by Dame Peggy Ashcroft, 1977
Gift 880 ("Garrick medals presented to Dame Peggy Ashcroft by the Trustees of Shakespeare's birthplace on the occasion of her planting a Mulberry tree. Also leaves from that tree")
The medals were struck in a limited edition; Peggy Ashcroft was presented with edition numbers 1,769 and 1,969, correlating to the years of the two Jubilee celebrations. At 12 noon Monday 8th September, 1969, Dame Peggy Ashcroft planted a mulberry tree at a ceremony in the Great Garden of New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon. The sapling was a descendant from the original mulberry tree planted by David Garrick in 1769.