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Frederick Samuel Tallmadge Medal

Object Number: 
1949.120
Date: 
1905
Medium: 
Bronze
Dimensions: 
diameter: 2 9/16 in. ( 6.5 cm )
Description: 
Bronze struck medal with obverse depicting shoulder-length portrait of Frederick Tallmadge facing three-quarters to the right; legend around border: "FREDERICK SAMVEL TALLMADGE/1824 - 1904"; inscriptions flanking portrait: "PRESIDENT/NEW YORK SOCIETY/SONS OF THE/REVOLUTION/1884-1904", at left; "THE PVRCHASE/OF FRAVNCES TAVERN/HIS LAST OFFICIAL ACT/HIS WILL GENEROVSLY/PROVIDED MEANS/FOR PAYMENT", at right. Reverse contains image of three-storey building at center, with inscription in exergue: "FRAVNCES TAVERN/NEW.YORK"; legend: "HERE WASHINGTON BADE FAREWELL TO HIS OFFICERS 4 DECEMBER 1783/HERE SONS OF THE REVOLUTION ORGANIZED 4 DECEMBER 1883 [within band running above central image]/BECAME THE OWNER 29 JVLY 1904."
Gallery Label: 
The Sons of the Revolution was formed at Fraunces Tavern, site of Washington's Farewell Address, in 1883. The group initially limited membership to sixty men - all who could fit comfortably in their meeting room at the Tavern. This exclusivity led to the formation of the rival Sons of the American Revolution in 1889.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. John R. Bennet
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group