Friedrich Wöhler Eightieth Birthday Medallion

Object Number: 
INV.5356
Date: 
1880
Medium: 
Bronze; leather, wood, silk
Dimensions: 
case: 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 11/16 in. ( 11.4 x 11.4 x 1.7 cm ) diameter: 3 7/8 in. ( 9.8 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: obverse, below bust truncation: "OP. Ed. [name illegible]/1880."
Description: 
Bronze struck medallion with obverse showing bust of Friedrich Wöhler with surrounding legend: "IN.MEMORIAM.NATALICIORVM.XXXI.IVLII.A.MDCCCLXXX.FAVSTE.PERACTORVM." Reverse contains inscription at center, enclosed by laurel and oak wreath with three stars above: "FRIDERICO.WOEHLER./NATVRAE.INDAGATORI/SAGACISSIMO/DISCIPVLI.AMICI./COLLEGAE." Square light red-brown fitted leather case with purple silk velvet interior.
Gallery Label: 
This medallion was created to commemorate the eightieth birthday of German chemist Friedrich Wöhler (1800-1882). Wöhler was presented a gold version by his students, friends and colleagues.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Walter S. Poor, 1944
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group