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Laying of the First Trans-Atlantic Telegraphic Cable Commemorative Medal

Object Number: 
1945.46
Date: 
1858
Medium: 
Bronze
Dimensions: 
diameter: 2 11/16 in. ( 6.9 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: obverse, at lower center: "TIFFANY & CO. N.Y."
Description: 
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing allegorical figures of Europe, at right, clad in Roman armor, with lion beside her, and America, at left, in the guise of a Native American woman, with eagle at her side, flanking a globe surmounted by winged figure of Fame holding laurel wreaths above their heads; beneath is shield containing seal of New York flanked by oval medallions with heraldic symbols of United States and Europe. Reverse depicts two sailing ships at sea with blank space above and legend beneath it: "FROM THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE/AND CITIZENS OF NEW YORK,"; inscription in exergue: "COMMEMORATIVE OF THE PART TAKEN/BY HIM,/IN LAYING THE FIRST/TELEGRAPHIC CABLE/BETWEEN" followed by legend below, center: "EUROPE AND AMERICA, IN AUGUST, A.D. 1858."
Credit Line: 
Gift of Otto D. Wormser
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group