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Croton Aqueduct commemorative medal

Object Number: 
INV.3693
Date: 
1842
Medium: 
Silver; leather, cardboard, silk
Dimensions: 
case: 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 9/16 in. ( 6 x 6 x 1.4 cm ) diameter: 2 in. ( 5.1 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: reverse, at left of field, around rim: "R. LOVETT" Inscription: reverse, at upper center, engraved: "Stephen Allen/ 1st Prest. Comrs." Inscription: note, in black ink: "aPRIL 11. 1879./From Mrs. William M. Allen/to THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL S
Description: 
Silver struck medal with obverse showing detail of aqueduct with inscription: "DISCHARGE/IN 34 HOURS/60 000 000 GALS./7 Ft. 5 In./8 Ft. 61 In. [vertically]/DESCENT/13 1/4 INCHES Pr. MILE"; below at bottom: "CROTON AQUEDUCT"; legend: "BUILT IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK. COMMENCED, A.D. 1837./WATER INTRODUCED 4.TH JULY, 1842./LENGTH 41 M." Reverse shows full view of aqueduct structure, inscribed "114 FEET/ABOVE TIDE,/36 FT./DEEP.", with distant cityscape in the background; inscription in exergue: "DISTRIBUTING RESERVOIR./CAP: DIS: RES: 21 000 000 GALLs./CAP: REC: RES: 130 000 000 GALLs./CROTON LAKE RESERVOIR/AVAILABLE CAPACITY/300 000 000 GALLs." Burgundy red square leather case with dark brown silk velvet lining.
Gallery Label: 
This medal commemorates the 1842 completion of the Croton Aqueduct, which provided the first dependable water supply for New York City. The water conduit spanned a distance of forty-one miles, from the upstate New York Croton Dam to a reservoir in what is today Central Park. The execution of John B. Jervis's design for the aqueduct cost upward of $11.5 million.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group