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Queens subway system commemorative medal

Object Number: 
1946.215
Date: 
1913
Medium: 
Bronze; leather, wood, silk
Dimensions: 
case: 3 1/8 x 3 1/8 x 1 in. ( 7.9 x 7.9 x 2.5 cm ) diameter: 1 15/16 in. ( 4.9 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: case lid, at center, in gold: "RAPID TRANSIT CELEBRATION/BOROUGH OF QUEENS/NEW YORK CITY/JUNE 7th 1913." Inscription: case lid, inside, at center: "C.B.WILKINSON/Manufacturing Jeweler/42 JOHN ST./NEW YORK"
Description: 
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing figure of Mercury at right with subway tracks and bridge in background; reverse shows seal of New York in roundel at top with inscription on tablet below, all surrounded by open laurel wreath: "IN COMMEMORATION/OF THE COMMENCEMENT OF/CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE/DUAL SUBWAY SYSTEM/IN THE/BOROUGH OF QUEENS/NEW YORK CITY/JUNE 7th 1913." Dark purple fitted square leather case with purple silk velvet and cream silk satin lining.
Gallery Label: 
This medal commemorates the completion of the Dual Subway System expansion to the borough of Queens, New York. The first subway construction began in New York City in the 1860's. In March, 1913, the Interborough Rapid Transit Company and the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company joined forces in attempts to expand. By June, 1913 they had added 123 miles to the subway system and doubled its capacity. At $302 million, the Dual Subway System was the most expensive public works project in American history.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Colonel J. Mayhew Wainwright through his daughter, Mrs. Philip K. Condiet
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group