Badge in original box
Gold, silk; leather
Badge: 3 5/8 x 1 5/8 in. ( 9.2 x 4.1 cm )
Box: 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 6 1/4 in. ( 1.3 x 6.4 x 15.9 cm )
Diameter (of badge):
Gold badge worn a member of the George Washington inauguration centennial committee; badge suspended from two bars linked by chains; top bar "NEW YORK 1789-1889 GW"; lower bar engraved "ARMY COMMITTEE"; obverse of badge with profile bust of George Washington facing left with tied fasces to right, with "PATER PATRIA / MDCC LXXXIX" and "GEORGE WASHINGTON"; reverse has eagle with shield and motto, and "TO COMMEMORATE THE INAUGURATION OF GEORGE WASHINGTON AS FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AT NEW YORK APRIL XXXTH MDCLXXXIX - BY AUTHORITY OF THE COMMITTEE ON CELEBRATION NEW-YORK APRIL XXXTH MCDDDLXXXIX"; light blue silk ribbon; hinged presentation box with gold lettering on cover, "GEORGE WASHINGTON / INAUGURATION / CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION / 1889," lettering inside cover, "TIFFANY & CO. / NEW YORK / PARIS LONDON".
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