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Object Name: Presentation medal
Date: 1854
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Medium: Gold; leather, cardboard, velvet, silk
Dimensions: Container: 3/4 × 4 1/2 × 6 in. (1.9 × 11.4 × 15.2 cm) Part (Medal): 1/8 × 3 1/4 × 4 1/2 in. (0.3 × 8.3 × 11.4 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Circular gold medal (a) with loop at top connected to anchor with gold chain; medal with filigree work around perimeter consisting of leaves and acorns; obverse engraved with scroll with detailed inscription; ship at sea to right of scroll and lighthouse and houses to left; obverse decorated with shipwreck scene. Medal in original rectangular leather box (b); bottom has red velvet sink mat conforming to medal hinged top has white silk lining.
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Charles E. Dunlap
Object Number: 1952.89ab
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Marks: engraved: on obverse, within scroll: "Presented by the/MERCHANTS & CITIZENS/of/NEW YORK,/to/Capt. John Gill,/of the Ship Good Intent,/for his humane and/gallant conduct in/saving the lives of a/number of his/fellow beings exposed to/destruction on the ocean./1854." engraved: on bottom of scroll: "BALL, BLACK & CO. NEW YORK." gold lettering: on inside (top) of case: "BALL BLACK & CO./247 B[ROADWAY?]/NEW YORK."

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This gold medal was presented by the merchants and citizens of New York to Captain John Gill of the ship Good Intent, for his heroic efforts in saving lives during a shipwreck in 1854. The medal was purchased from Tessiers, Ltd. in London, who advertised it in "Connoisseur" magazine, April 1952 (p. 7).