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Merritt Haviland Smith Medal

Object Number: 
INV.4640
Date: 
1926
Medium: 
Bronze; cardboard, paper
Dimensions: 
box: 2 3/16 x 2 3/16 x 1/2 in. ( 5.6 x 5.6 x 1.3 cm ) diameter: 1 15/16 in. ( 5 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: edge, lower center: "MEDALLIC ART CO. N.Y." Inscription: box cover, in pencil: "M.H.SMITH/ENGINEER/FOR N.Y.C./WATER SUPPLY" Inscription: inside box cover: "MEDALLIC ART CO./NEW YORK"
Description: 
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing clothed male bust facing left. Reverse bears inscription at center: "ENGINEER.FOR/40.YEARS.OF.THE/WATER./SUPPLY.OF/THE.CITY.OF. NEW.YORK/1862 1926 [on decorative vignette with shell flanked by scrolls]/COLONEL.OF./ARTILLERY.IN/THE.GREAT.WAR"; surrounding legend: "MERRIT.HAVILAND.SMITH." Medal is inset into square cream-colored cardboard box.
Gallery Label: 
Merritt Haviland Smith (1862-1926) served as Chief Engineer for the Bureau of Water Supply of New York City for 40 years. This medal appears to be a copy of the bronze plaque erected in his memory at Kensico Dam shortly after his death.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group