Eccleston Medal

Eccleston Medal
Eccleston Medal
Title
Eccleston Medal
Date 
1805
Medium 
Bronze
Dimensions 
diameter: 3 in. ( 7.6 cm )
Description 
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing armored bust of Washington facing right, with surrounding legend: "GENERAL WASHINGTON/INSCRIBED TO HIS MEMORY BY D: ECCLESTON. LANCASTER MDCCCV." Reverse shows nude figure of Native American in central roundel, with concentric lines of legend around: "THE LAND WAS OURS./.INNUMERABLE MILLIONS YET UNBORN WILL VENERATE THE MEMORY -- /.OF THE MAN WHO OBTAINED THEIR COUNTRYS FREEDOM/HE LAID THE FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN LIBERTY IN THE XVIII CENTURY./
Object Number 
INV.10767
Marks 
Inscription: on bust truncation, at left: "WEBB"
Gallery Label 
This medal was published by Daniel Eccleston of Lancaster, England, an eccentric Quaker with a lifelong interest in aboriginal rights. In the 1780s he spent three years traveling in North America. On this medal, Washington is depicted as a warrior in suit of armor on obverse; reverse bears a figure of Indian at center surrounded by legend: "THE LAND WAS OURS." The medal appears to be more of a commentary of the expropriation by colonists of Indian lands than a tribute to Washington.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group