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Medal in box

Object Number: 
INV.8671hh-ii
Date: 
1865
Medium: 
Plastic, silk, bronze, other metal
Dimensions: 
overall (in case): 1 x 3 3/8 x 3 3/4 in. ( 2.5 x 8.6 x 9.5 cm )
Marks: 
cast: on side with allegorical figure: "AMERICAN INSTITUTE / NEW-YORK" cast: on banner in eagle's beak: "AWARDED TO" engraved: across center of side cast with eagle: "Wm. H. Paine, / for a / Surveyors / Measure & Case / 1865"
Description: 
Circular bronze medal in decorative plastic case; medal depicts a female alegorical figure on one side holding a pole in one hand a wreath in the opposite, set amongst a spinning wheel and shuttle, a bundle of wheat, spread eagle, shield, caduceus and a cornucopia, with sailing ship in the background; opposite side with spread eagle at the top with banner in its beak, remaining portion with leaf garland border, inscription at the center; dark brown molded plastic case hinged along one side, decorated with arabesque at the center surrounded by leaf garland, smooth sides; inside formed to house medal with purple and crimson velvet.
Gallery Label: 
This medal was awarded by the American Institute to William H. Paine, for his surveyor's measure and case. Paine served as a Lt. Col. as a surveyor with the Army engineers during the Civil War, 1862-1865. Paine was responsible for devising systems and tools to better facilitate the surveyor's tasks, including patenting a coiled steel tape measure. It was among the items found in his footlocker.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Isidore L. Rosenzweig, in Memory of Bessie and Isidore L. Rosenzweig, 1978
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group