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Medallion in case: Cooper Union...1859
Date: ca. 1899
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Medium: Bronze; leather, wood, silk
Dimensions: Overall (medallion): 1 7/16 in. (3.7 cm) Container (case): 2 1/4 × 2 1/4 × 1/2 in. (5.7 × 5.7 × 1.3 cm)
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Bronze struck medal with obverse bearing inscription: "COOPER UNION,/NEW YORK./QUI NON PROFICIT DEFICIT./FOUNDED/MAY 25TH 1859." Reverse has space for engraving at center surrounded by oak and laurel wreath with legend above: "AWARDED/TO"; engraved inscription: " HELEN M. TURNER/Oil/Painting/Portrait/1899." Square black leather fitted case with purple silk satin and silk velvet lining.
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Helen M. Turner
Object Number: 1935.67
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Cooper-Union, founded by Peter Cooper, opened in 1859 at Astor Place. The institution was a private, tuition-free college for the advancement of art and science, offering degrees in engineering, sciences and art. Cooper intended that the college allow working class New Yorkers to gain higher education. Cooper's daughters and son-in-law, Abram S. Hewitt formed the Cooper-Hewitt museum in 1896, an institution devoted to Decorative Arts.