Medal: 275th anniversary of Staten Island

Object Number: 
1936.601
Date: 
1936
Medium: 
Bronze
Dimensions: 
diameter: 1 1/4 in. ( 3.2 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: obverse, at lower center of field: "WHITEHEAD & HOAG"
Description: 
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing landscape with wooden log cabin; inscriptions: "OUDE DORP/1661/FIRST PERMANENT/SETTLEMENT"; legend around border: "275TH ANNIVERSARY OF STATEN ISLAND/OCT. 18-25, 1936." Reverse shows two-storey building with gable roof with inscrptions: "BUILT 1679/CONFERENCE/SEPT. 11, 1776 [in exergue]"; legend around border: "BILLOPP . CONFERENCE . HOUSE/FRANKLIN . ADAMS . RUTLEDGE . HOWE."
Gallery Label: 
This medal commemorates the first settlement on Staten Island in 1661. In 1675, English naval officer Christopher Billopp was granted 527 hectares on Staten Island; land that was later named after him. Billopp built the "conference house" noted in the exergue of the medal as his residence several years later.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Loring B. McMillen
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group