This exceptionally rare antique solid silver (c1882) Caledonian Apiarian & Entomological Society medal is on a pin and weighs 39.59grams. The front of the medal has the society's name with a Bee and on the reverse is "Award of Merit to William Sword Exhibition 1882" in four parallel lines, within a wreath of rose branches. These medallions are magnificently rare and not always available on the internet. Please view the pics carefully to fully appreciate this super-rare medallion and to confirm the condition.
In September 1874 a great honey show was organised to call attention to the beekeeping industry; this was held in the Crystal Palace, London. A. Ferguson from Stewarton and William Sword from Falkirk, had enlisted the assistance of other six bee men and undertook to take their exhibits to London for the show. These Scots entries swept the board, the success of the exhibits created a great sensation also in Scotland. The Scots bee men realised, for the first time, what a valuable article they possessed in almost unlimited quantity. Within a month of the triumphant return from London of these pioneer exhibitors a National Scottish Association was formed with the ponderous name of the "Caledonian Entomological and Apiarian Society."