New England Agricultural Society Medal
diameter: 1 7/8 in. ( 4.8 cm )
Inscription: obverse, at lower right of field: "W.H.KEY"
Silver struck medal with obverse showing a group of domestic animals with laurel wreath, six stars, and six shields above; legend above: "NEW ENGLAND AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY." Reverse shows central space with legend: "AWARDED TO" and inscription: "JOHN ROGERS/36 STATUETTES", surrounded by wreath of corn, fruit, and vegetables; arm with hammer above at center; ornate shield with date "1875" at lower center.
John Rogers (1829-1904) created statuary groups in plaster, an affordable alternative to popular marble models. He focused on everyday as well as Civil War and equestrian subjects.
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