Gold; leather, cardboard, velvet, silk
case: 3/4 x 4 1/2 x 6 in. ( 1.9 x 11.4 x 15.2 cm )
Medal: 1/8 x 3 1/4 x 4 1/2 in. ( 0.3 x 8.3 x 11.4 cm )
Circular gold medal (a) with loop at top connected to anchor with gold chain; medal with filigree work around perimeter consisting of leaves and acorns; obverse engraved with scroll with detailed inscription; ship at sea to right of scroll and lighthouse and houses to left; obverse decorated with shipwreck scene. Medal in original rectangular leather box (b); bottom has red velvet sink mat conforming to medal hinged top has white silk lining.
Gift of Mr. Charles E. Dunlap
engraved: on obverse, within scroll: "Presented by the/MERCHANTS & CITIZENS/of/NEW YORK,/to/Capt. John Gill,/of the Ship Good Intent,/for his humane and/gallant conduct in/saving the lives of a/number of his/fellow beings exposed to/destruction on the ocean./1854."
engraved: on bottom of scroll: "BALL, BLACK & CO. NEW YORK."
gold lettering: on inside (top) of case: "BALL BLACK & CO./247 B[ROADWAY?]/NEW YORK."
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