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Token

Object Number: 
Z.3020
Date: 
1850-1900
Medium: 
Copper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3/4 in. ( 1.9 cm )
Description: 
Token; copper; bust of Lady Liberty one obverse, figure of Tom Thumb standing next to a book on reverse; obverse "LIBERTY" reverse "GENERAL TOM THUMB / 15 lbs WEIGHT"
Gallery Label: 
Charles Sherwood Stratton was the four year old son of a Bridgeport, Connecticut, carpenter in 1842 when P.T. Barnum "discovered" him and transformed him into General Tom Thumb, an eleven-year old European marvel. Barnum trained the child to sing, dance, and imitate famous persons. Under the guidance of Barnum, Tom Thumb performed at the American Museum and toured the world as one of the best-known midgets, until his death in 1883 at the age of 46.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group