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Medal: NY and Brooklyn ...

Object Number: 
1941.736
Date: 
1883
Medium: 
Aluminum
Dimensions: 
diameter: 1 7/16 in. ( 3.6 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: obverse, at lower right of field: "C.E. D."
Description: 
Aluminum struck medal with obverse showing view of Brooklyn Bridge with buildings and marine vessels; legend above: "Two Cities As One"; inscription below: "NEW YORK/& BROOKLYN." Reverse bears inscription within open laurel wreath: "SOUVENIR/OF THE/OPENING/OF THE/EAST RIVER/BRIDGE/MAY 24TH/1883/1867 -- 1883." Hole punched at top.
Gallery Label: 
This medal commemorates the opening of the East River Bridge (or the Brooklyn Bridge) on May 24, 1883, the first bridge to link Long Island and Manhattan. The steel-suspension engineering marvel spanned 1,595 feet, long the greatest distance for a bridge in the world. Today there are six bridges along the East River.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Lucille de Luze Foley
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group