Presentation medal

Object Number: 
1952.89ab
Date: 
1854
Medium: 
Gold; leather, cardboard, velvet, silk
Dimensions: 
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 )
Marks: 
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 oce
Description: 
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.
Gallery Label: 
This gold medal was presented by the merchants and citizens of New York to Captain John Gill of the ship Good Intent, for his heroic efforts in saving lives during a shipwreck in 1854. The medal was purchased from Tessiers, Ltd. in London, who advertised it in "Connoisseur" magazine, April 1952 (p. 7).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Charles E. Dunlap
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group