Victoria Bridge Medal
White metal; wood, leather, silk, paper
case: 2 7/8 x 2 7/8 x 5/8 in. ( 7.3 x 7.3 x 1.6 cm )
diameter: 2 in. ( 5.1 cm )
White metal struck medal with obverse depicting bridge with ornate vignette above consisting of two Native Americans flanking seal of Canada; lion with scroll inscribed "ROSS", at left, and uncorn with scroll inscribed "STEPHENSON", at right; legend: "THE VICTORIA BRIDGE MEDAL/GRAND TRUNK RAILWAY OF CANADA"; inscription in exergue: "THE VICTORIA BRIDGE, MONTREAL./THE GREATEST WORK OF/ENGINEERING SKILL/IN THE WORLD,/PUBLICLY INAUGURATED/AND OPENED IN/1860." Reverse contains inscription at center: "THE VICTORIA BRIDGE/CONSISTS OF 25 SPANS/242 FT EACH/AND IN CENTRE 330 FT/WITH A LONG ABUTMENT/ON EACH BANK OF THE RIVER/THE TUBES ARE IRON/22 FT HIGH, 16 FT WIDE/AND WEIGH 6.000 TNS/SUPPORTED ON 24 PIERS/CONTAINING 250,000 TNS OF STONE/MEASURING 3,000,000 CUBIC FEET/EXTREME LENGTH 2 MILES/COST $5,000,000"; above is seal of Canada within shield flanked by lion and unicorn; inscribed medallions with portraits of Queen Victoria, at left, and Prince Albert, at right; medallion with portrait of Prince of Wales below, at center, with image of beaver at right. Medal is inset into dark purple square fitted leather case with light blue woven figured silk and dark blue silk velvet interior; paper advertisement of medal maker pasted inside case cover.
Gift of John A. Weekes, 1918
Inscription: reverse, at lower left of field: "A.HOFFNUNG"
Inscription: reverse, at lower right of field: "MONTREAL"
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