Erie Canal Celebration Medallion

Object Number: 
1941.404
Date: 
1826
Medium: 
White metal; wood
Dimensions: 
case: 3 1/2 in. ( 8.9 cm ) diameter: 3 3/16 in. ( 8.1 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: reverse, bottom center, on border: "THOMASON" Inscription: case bottom, in black ink: "S.H.V.N./FROM/F.R.V.N./July 7th 1881."
Description: 
White metal struck medallion with obverse depicting Pan and Neptune, with legend: "UNION OF ERIE WITH THE ATLANTIC." Reverse depicts eagle perched upon world globe over shield with scroll inscribed "EXCELSIOR" below; legend: "ERIE CANAL COMMENCED 4 JULY 1817 COMPLETED 26 OCT. 1825." Round turned wooden case.
Gallery Label: 
This medallion celebrates the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825 after eight years of construction, a project that would spur development of the port of New York City in years to come. The Erie Canal spanned 363 miles across New York state, connecting the Great Lakes with the Hudson River.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Sarah H. Van Nest
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group