Bought of A.H.Baldwin & Sons Ltd (1997 catalogue 'Commemorative Medals', item 175). awarded to Jeanne (or Jane) Hook Cope, a pupil at the Misses Atkins Boarding School in Mile End, possibly the same Jane Hook Cope who married Robert Robinson Price on 3 September 1817 at St Martin in the Fields, London.
Circular silver prize medal engraved about the rim with a simple wreath of stylized foliage on obverse and reverse, and inscribed as above. The medal has been pierced at the top so that it may be worn by the winner.
Prizes for scholastic achievement were awarded from at least the sixteenth century onward. This example was won by Jeanne (Jane) Hook Cope, a pupil at the Misses Atkins' Boarding School in Mile End, (then in Middlesex, now in East London). During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in the UK, modern languages such as French and Italian were part of a curriculum grouping described as "accomplishments", and considered most suitable for the education of girls. This grouping also included music and art; girls might additionally be taught some literature, history and geography, but it would be very unusual for them to have access to the subjects more typically taught to boys: Latin, Greek, grammar, mathematics, logic or astronomy. Girls were also expected to learn domestic skills such as cooking and sewing.