Committee badge, George Washington inauguration centennial

Object Number: 
1945.153
Date: 
1889
Medium: 
Gold, silk
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. ( 10.8 x 4.4 cm ) Diameter (of badge): 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm)
Marks: 
Stamp: on reverse of upper bar: "TIFFANY / & CO."
Description: 
Gold badge worn by the president of the George Washington inauguration centennial committee; badge suspended from two bars linked by chains; top bar "NEW YORK 1789-1889 GW"; lower bar engraved "PRESIDENT"; obverse of badge with profile bust of Goerge Washington facing left with tied fasces to right, with "PATER PATRIA / MDCC LXXXIX" and "GEORGE WASHINGTON"; reverse has eagle with shield and motto, and "TO COMMEMORATE THE INAUGURATION OF GEORGE WASHINGTON AS FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AT NEW YORK APRIL XXXTH MDCLXXXIX - BY AUTHORITY OF THE COMMITTEE ON CELEBRATION NEW-YORK APRIL XXXTH MCDDDLXXXIX"; ivory colored silk ribbon with fringed end.
Gallery Label: 
This gold medal was worn by Governor Hamilton Fish, president of the committee which organized the 1889 centennial celebration of George Washington's first presidential inauguration.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Stuyvesant Fish
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group