American Institute Award Medal
On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
1841 medal designed; 1859 issued
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)
Engraved on reverse, in script [below "AWARDED TO"]: "Ostrander & Co. / for specimens of / American China. / 1859."
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Schwartz
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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