Bronze; plastic, paper, silk
case: 3 1/2 x 4 x 1 in. ( 8.9 x 10.2 x 2.5 cm )
diameter: 2 in. ( 5.1 cm )
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing draped male bust facing right with oak wreath beneath and legend above: "CYRUS W. FIELD." Reverse bears inscription at center, enclosed by laurel wreath: "PRESENTED/TO/CYRUS W. FIELD,/BY A FEW OF HIS FRIENDS IN/NEW YORK,/FOR HIS/PERSEVERANCE,/IN SUPERINTENDING/THE LAYING OF THE/ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH/CABLE/AUG. 5TH 1858"; legend around border with thirteen stars below: "NIL DESPERANDUM PERSEVERANTIA VINCIT." Medal is inset into rectangular dark brown molded ornate fitted plastic case with dark red silk velvet interior.
Gift of Misses Stokes, 1902
Inscription: obverse, below bust truncation: "G.H. LOVETT N.Y."
Inscription: obverse, at lower right of field: "A.B. SAGE PUB."
Inscription: piece of paper pasted on inside of case, at left, in black ink: "This Medal/was presented/to the Society/by the/Misses Stokes/Nov.18.1902."
Inscription: accompanying letter, in black ink: "37 Madison Avenue [imprinted in pink]/The Misses Stokes take pleasure/in sending the accompanying/medal to be places in the/rooms of the Historical Society,/believing that it may be of/interest./November eighteenth."
Inscription: paper label attached to side of case, in black ink: "Field Medal, Atlantic Cable./Aug. 5.1858. presented by the Misses Stokes"
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