ca. 1736, with alterations ca. 1750
Overall: 2 3/16 x 1 15/16 in. ( 5.5 x 4.9 cm ) Silver Weight: 3 oz (troy) 1 dwt (95 g)
Oval cast and engraved silver medal suspended on link chain with obverse depicting facing bust-length portraits of King George II and Queen Caroline with royal crown at center above; inscription around line border: "GEORGE & CAROLINE . Kg : & Q : OF ENGLd : "; crossed olive branches below at center. Reverse bears inscription: "GANOUSSERACHERI/T'GANIATARECHOC/TSCHIGOCHGOHARONC/RACHWISTONIS/HAJINKONIS" with date below: "1750."
Gift of Miss Fanny Ogden
engraved: on obverse: "GEORGE & CAROLINE. KG: & Q: of. Engld." engraved: on reverse: "GANOUSSERACHERI / T'GANIATARECHOC / TSCHIGOCHGOHARONC / RACHWISTONIS / HAJINKONIS / 1750"
According to family history, this Indian medal was presented to Major General Philip Schuyler (1733-1804) by one of the last Mohawk Indian chiefs. It was presented to them by the Provincial Government of New York in 1750 as a reward for bravery in England's wars with the French in North America. It bears the likenesses of King George II (reigned 1727-1760) and Queen Caroline (reigned 1727-1737), and is typical of those presented by the British government to Iroquois warriors for distinguished service in war.
Philip Schuyler (1733-1804); his son John Bradstreet Schuyler (1765-1795); his son Philip Schuyler (1788-1865); his daughter, Ruth Schuyler Ogden (1813-1901); her son Walter Ogden (b. 1848); his cousin Richard Ogden (b. 1851, son of Elizabeth Van Rensselaer Schuyler and Richard Harison Ogden); his sister Fanny Ogden (b. 1848).
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