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Typothetae of New York City Franklin Birthday Plaquette

Typothetae of New York City Franklin Birthday Plaquette
Typothetae of New York City Franklin Birthday Plaquette
Title
Typothetae of New York City Franklin Birthday Plaquette
Date 
1902
Medium 
White metal; cardboard, paper, silk
Dimensions 
Case: 4 1/16 x 5 x 7/8 in. ( 10.3 x 12.7 x 2.2 cm ) Overall: 2 1/4 x 2 1/2 x 1/8 in. ( 5.7 x 6.4 x 0.3 cm )
Description 
White metal struck plaquette with domed upper edge; obverse depicts a cherub at a press, seated on cloud and facing right, with roundels bearing busts of Benjamin Franklin, at left, and T.L. DeVinne, at right, and inscribed "B.FRANKLIN. BORN.1706." and "T.L.DE VINNE.BORN,1828," respectively; printing press and neo-classical tripod burner; legend above: "AND THE LIGHT CAME"; inscription at lower right: ".DEGREE.OF.MASTER./.OF.ARTS.CONFERRED BY./.COLVMBIA.AND.YALE./.VNIVERSITIES.1901." Reverse is inscribed: ".FRANKLIN.BIRTHDAY.DINNER./.JANUARY.17.1902./.TYPOTHETAE.OF.THE.CITY./.OF.NEW.YORK." With booklet published by the Typothetae of the City of New York describing the event and the society and letter of conveyance signed by Brenner. Cream-colored rectangular fitted cardboard case with blue silk velvet lining.
Credit Line 
Gift of Victor D. Brenner, 1902
Object Number 
INV.3533
Marks 
Inscription: obverse, at lower left of field: ".V.D.BRENNER." Inscription: case lid, at right, in black ink: "Souvenir and Medal/Commemorative/of the 196th Birthday/of Benjamin Franklin/by Typothetae of N.Y./Jan.17.1902./Presented/by Victor D. Brenner Feb 24. 1902./(See his letter inside)" Inscription: case lid, inside, in black ink: "Presented to the/New York Historical Society/by/Victor D. Brenner,/N.Y. Feb. 24, 1902"
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group