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Frederick Samuel Tallmadge Medal
Date: 1904
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Medium: Bronze; cardboard, paper, cotton
Dimensions: Overall (medal): 2 9/16 in. (6.5 cm) Container (box): 3 1/2 × 3 1/2 × 7/16 in. (8.9 × 8.9 × 1.1 cm)
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Bronze struck medal with obverse depicting shoulder-length portrait of Frederick Tallmadge facing three-quarters to the right; legend around border: "FREDERICK SAMVEL TALLMADGE/1824 - 1904"; inscriptions flanking portrait: "PRESIDENT/NEW YORK SOCIETY/SONS OF THE/REVOLUTION/1884-1904", at left; "THE PVRCHASE/OF FRAVNCES TAVERN/HIS LAST OFFICIAL ACT/HIS WILL GENEROVSLY/PROVIDED MEANS/FOR PAYMENT", at right. Reverse contains image of three-storey building at center, with inscription in exergue: "FRAVNCES TAVERN/NEW.YORK"; legend: "HERE WASHINGTON BADE FAREWELL TO HIS OFFICERS 4 DECEMBER 1783/HERE SONS OF THE REVOLUTION ORGANIZED 4 DECEMBER 1883 [within band running above central image]/BECAME THE OWNER 29 JVLY 1904." Medal is inset into dark beige square fitted cardboard box with cotton flannel interior.
Credit Line: Gift of Alice Frank Merriam, 1966
Object Number: INV.3524
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Marks: Inscription: box cover, imprinted in black: "NEW YORK./FEB. 22, 1905." Inscription: box, inside cover, inscribed in black pen: "GIFT OF/ALICE FRANK MERRIAM/1966"

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The Sons of the Revolution was formed at Fraunces Tavern, site of Washington's Farewell Address, in 1883. The group initially limited membership to sixty men - all who could fit comfortably in their meeting room at the Tavern. This exclusivity led to the formation of the rival Sons of the American Revolution in 1889.