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Catskill Aqueduct Medal

Object Number: 
INV.12811
Date: 
1917
Medium: 
Bronze; leather, wood, silk
Dimensions: 
case: 4 5/8 x 4 5/8 x 1 in. ( 11.7 x 11.7 x 2.5 cm ) diameter: 3 in. ( 7.6 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: obverse, on bust truncation, at left: "DCF" Inscription: edge, lower center: "MEDALLIC ART CO. N.Y." Inscription: case cover, embossed in gold: "DOUGLAS MATHEWSON/Member of Board of Estimate/and Appointment"
Description: 
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing idealized female head representing Columbia crowned with laurel wreath within beaded border. Reverse depicts nude allegorical male figure pouring water; inscription: "TO COMMEMORATE THE COMPLETION/OF THE CATSKILL AQUEDUCT/AN ACHIEVEMENT OF CIVIC SPIRIT/SCIENTIFIC GENIUS AND FAITHFUL LABOR/1905 NEW YORK 1917." Medal is inset into square dark red fitted leather case with dark green silk satin and silk velvet interior.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group