Overall: 1 1/2 x 1 in. ( 3.8 x 2.5 cm ) Silver Weight with ribbon: 1dwt (2 g)
Silver oval cut work membership medal of the Calliopean Society with a shield in the center; on the obverse are the bright cut intials, "WP" in the center of the shield and "Calliopean/ Society/ 19" engraved in script around the oval; on reverse is a crossed key and quill in the shield and the inscription "Friendship and Improvement" around the edge; loop at top captures a red cotton twill ribbon.
Gift of Frederick de Peyster
bright cut: center of shield: "WP" engraved: obverse: "Calliopean/ Society/ 19" engraved: reverse: "Friendship and Improvement"
This medal belonged to William Paulding, Jr. (1770-1854) and was worn at meetings of the Calliopean Society, a New York City literary club founded in 1788. Paulding was the brother of writer James Kirke Paulding (1778-1860), a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Mayor of New York City in 1824-25 and 1826-29.
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