Medal in box: Armory Seventh Regt....

Object Number: 
INV.4623
Date: 
1877
Medium: 
Aluminum
Dimensions: 
diameter: 1 9/16 in. ( 4 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: obverse, below exergual line, at left: "LOVETT"
Description: 
Aluminum struck medal with obverse showing shield with heraldic symbols of New York and United States with superimposed "7", surmounted by eagle and flanked by military standards, cannons and cannon balls; masonic attrubutes below; legend: "PRO OPERE AUT BELLO"; inscription in exergue: "BY THE/M.W. GRAND LODGE/F.A.M./NEW YORK." Reverse shows building stone with three candles atop and "7" framed within compasses and square at front; all within wreath of wheat, laurel, and grapes; surrounding legend: "ARMORY SEVENTH REGT. N.Y.S.N.G./CORNER STONE LAID OCT. 13, 1877."
Gallery Label: 
Armories are unique to the United States, consisting of drill halls and the offices of local militia. This medal commemorates the beginning of the construction of the 7th Regiment armory in Manhattan. A block on Park Avenue between 66th and 67th streets was donated by the city in 1877 to house the elite regiment. Militia member Charles Clinton was commissioned to design the building, which upon completion resembled a Victorian-style train station.
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Creative: Tronvig Group