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Commemorative Medal

1942.931 (RS7901)

Description

Circular silver medal with obverse depicting a youth presenting a scroll to a seated woman surrounded by objects of industry with inscription "FOUNDED 1795 / INC. 1806." Reverse is inscribed "THE MASS. CHARITABLE MECHANIC ASSOCIATION, / AWARD / TO / JOHN A. SASSARD, / For Specimens of / Hair Work, / EXHIBITION / of / 1844"

Details

Maker
C. Gobrecht (Maker)
Date
1844
Inscriptions
Obverse: "C. GOBRECHT. F." / FOUNDED 1795 / INC. 1806"
Reverse: "THE MASS. CHARITABLE MECHANIC ASSOCIATION, / AWARD / TO / JOHN A. SASSARD, / For Specimens of / Hair Work, / EXHIBITION / of / 1844" (Struck and Engraved)
Location of origin
Boston, MA
Material
silver (metal)
Object type
Documentary Artifact
Descriptive terms
commemoratives
MEDAL, COMMEMORATIVE
medals
silver (metal)
Dimensions
1/8 in (W), 1 1/2 in (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1942.931
GUSN
101331
Reference Notes
For more information on hair jewelry see Bell, C. Jeanenne, "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry," (1998); Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 2 (1991): 680-698; Campbell, Mark, "The Art of Hair Work: Hair Braiding and Jewelry of Sentiment with Catalog of Hair Jewelry," Eds. Jules & Kaethe Kliot (facsimile of 1875 printing, 1996); Dawes, Ginny Reddington & Corinne Davidov, "Victorian Jewelry: Unexplored Treasures," (1991): 139-143; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 98-107, 214-219.
Related Items
Notes The Massachusetts Historical Society has an extensive collection of records of the Mass Charitable Mechanic Association.

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