American Institute Medal
case: 3 11/16 x 2 1/2 x 13/16 in. ( 9.4 x 6.4 x 2.1 cm )
diameter: 2 3/8 in. ( 6 cm )
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing figure of Liberty holding laurel wreath and pole surmounted by Phrygian cap; at left are tools of agriculture and sailing ship in the background; at right -- symbols of American state and cornucopia; legend above: "AMERICAN INSTITUTE."; inscription in exergue: "NEW YORK." Reverse has space for engraving at center, enclosed within oak wreath, with legend: "AWARDED/TO" and illegible engraved inscription. Oval cardboard case with lid decorated with color lithograph.
Gift of Mrs. Marion Davidson
Inscription: obverse, on exergual line, at left: "G.H.LOVETT N.Y."
Inscription: case bottom, written in black ink: "Father's medal"
Inscription: case bottom, written in pencil: "Grandma//4/1/13"
Inscription: donor's note, typed, in black: "Bronze medal presented to Father when he was/less than seventeen years old, in 1850. It was/a glass panel shoeing the sign of Hostetter's/Bitters...Saint George slaying the dragon./If it had not been an advertisement, The/American Institute would have given him the gold medal, for the work merited it. Father was/really artistic and capable."
Harkness, Andrew. "The American Institute - Catalyst for the American Greatness." TAMS (Token and Medal Society) Journal 29, no. 4 (August 1989): 123-135.
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