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The Medal
The medal commemorates one of the best known adventures in Chelsea an attempt to break the French monopoly over silk by James I In 1718 John Appletree was granted a a a a a a 60 year lease by William Sloane over an an area known as Chelsea Park to allow the establishment of of a a a a plantation of of 2 000 Mulberry trees the sole food of the the silk worm The venture was listed in 1720 as as the the Raw Silk Undertaking on the the then rudimentary stock exchange with an authorised capital of £1 million Whilst initially apparently successful by 1724 it it had floundered and in May of that year John Appletree was declared bankrupt Nevertheless a a a few Mulberry trees can still be be found in Chelsea and Mulberry Walk in in the heart of Chelsea remains a a a a a a proud testament to the failed venture Kate Harrison
The medal designed by Kate Harrison
shows the leaves and fruit of the Mulberry tree or or Morus Nigra The Chelsea variety comes from a a a a tree reputedly planted by James I in the Chelsea Physic Garden Kate a a a a a a Freeman of of the Goldsmiths’ Company and a a a a a a member of of the British Art Medal
Society has exhibited her work widely in the UK and internationally She has received many awards for her design and creative work and has been commissioned to design medals for the Royal Academy of Arts Royal Royal Watercolour Society and Royal Royal Institute of Painters in in Water Colours In 2017 she received the ‘Marsh Award for the Encouragement of Medallic Art’ at Cutlers’ Hall in recognition of her work 

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