John Bell Campaign Medal

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Description (Brief)
This presidential campaign medal was made by the Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut around 1860. The Scovill Company was established in 1802 as a button manufacturer that is still in business today. Scovill was an early industrial American innovator, adapting armory manufacturing processes to mass-produce a variety of consumer goods including buttons, daguerreotype mats, and campaign medals.
Obverse: Bust of John A. Bell facing left. The legend reads: FOR PRESIDENT JOHN BELL OF TENNESSEE.
Reverse: Eagle with shield, holding a laurel branch and a bundle of arrows, and a banner in its beak that reads: E PLURIBUS UNUM.
Location
Currently not on view
depicted
Bell, John
maker
Scovill Manufacturing Company
Measurements
overall: 3.8 cm; 1 1/2 in
ID Number
1981.0296.1193
accession number
1981.0296
catalog number
1981.0296.1193
related event
Presidential Campaign of 1860
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Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
Industry & Manufacturing
Scovill Manufacturing Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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