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American Institute Award Medal

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CULTURE American
  • Place Made: United States
  • DATES 1841 medal designed; 1859 issued
    DIMENSIONS Medal: 2 1/16 x 2 1/16 x 1/8 in. (5.2 x 5.2 x 0.3 cm) Box: 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 1/2 in. (7 x 7 x 1.3 cm)
    MARKINGS no marks
    INSCRIPTIONS Engraved on reverse, in script [below "AWARDED TO"]: "Ostrander & Co. / for specimens of / American China. / 1859."
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Schwartz
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Circular medal with presentation box. Obverse: in relief, scene of female allegorical figure (Columbia) seated facing left, holding wreath and pole topped by pileus; flanked by eagle atop crest and cornucopia at right and spinning wheel and sheaves of wheat at left, sailing ship in background; text around edge, "AMERICAN INSTITUTE / NEW YORK." Reverse: register for inscription bordered by wreath of laurel leaves and "AWARDED TO." Presentation box: square hinged box covered in maroon-colored leather, lined inside with white satin on lid and blue velvet on box. Condition: good, tarnished.
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