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Medallion in case: Holland Tunnel

Object Number: 
1949.15
Date: 
1927
Medium: 
Gold; leather, wood, silk
Dimensions: 
case: 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 11/16 in. ( 8.9 x 8.9 x 1.7 cm ) diameter: 2 in. ( 5.1 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: reverse, at lower center: "TIFFANY & CO." Inscription: edge, lower center: "18KT. GOLD" Inscription: edge, upper center: "GEORGE A. DYER, BRIGADIER GENERAL N.Y.N.G. CHAIRMAN" Inscription: inside of case lid, in gold: "Tiffany & CO./NEW YOR
Description: 
Gold struck medal with obverse showing central roundel with two cars moving through, flanked by two standing female figures holding shields; legend above: "THE HOLLAND TUNNEL." Reverse bears inscription within open laurel wreath: "TO/COMMEMORATE/THE OPENING OF/THE/HOLLAND/TUNNEL/NOVEMBER 12th/1927." Black leather square fitted case with dark brown silk moire and silk velvet lining.
Gallery Label: 
This medal commemorates the opening of the Holland Tunnel on November 12, 1927, which ran under the Hudson River connecting lower Manhattan with Jersey City, New Jersey. The seven-year project was completed after the death of designing engineer Clifford M. Holland, after whom the tunnel was named. Upon its opening, the Holland Tunnel spanned 8,557 feet. At the time, it was the longest underwater tunnel in the world.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Elisha Dyer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group