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New-York Historical Society Medal for Achievement in History
Date: ca. 1931
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Medium: Gold; leather, cloth, silk
Dimensions: Overall (Medal): 3 in. (7.6 cm) Overall (Medal Case): 4 1/4 × 4 1/4 × 15/16 in. (10.8 × 10.8 × 2.4 cm) Container: 7 1/4 × 6 3/8 × 1 1/2 in. (18.4 × 16.2 × 3.8 cm)
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Gold struck medal with obverse showing allegorical figure of history surrounded by legend: "THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY; reverse with open book within beaded border; inscription: "1931/FOR/ACHIEVEMENT/IN. HISTORY"; writing feather beneath followed by inscription: "WILBERFORCE EAMES." Medal is inset into brown cloth-bound three-part book-like housing with sleeve, tri-fold presentation box, and black leather rectangular fitted medal case with black silk velvet and silk satin lining.
Credit Line: Bequest of Wilberforce Eames
Object Number: 1940.336
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Marks: Inscription: edge, lower center: "MEDALLIC ART CO. N.Y. /FINE GOLD" Inscription: obverse, at lower left of image: "FRY" Inscription: medal case lid, top center, imprinted in gold: "WILBERFORCE EAMES" Inscription: spine of presentation (outer) case, in gold: "NEW YORK/HISTORICAL/SOCIETY/MEDAL/1931"

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This medal was presented to Wilberforce Eames (1855-1937), an American historian and bibliographer. He joined the staff of the Lenox Library in New York City in 1885 and became its librarian in 1895. After 1911 he was bibliographer of the New York Public Library, of which the Lenox had become a part. Eames was honored for the scholarliness of his work on Americana.