Stephen Douglas Campaign Medal

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, and is still in business today. Scovill is an important example of early American industrial manufacturing that adapted armory machines to mass-produce a variety of consumer goods including buttons, daguerreotype mats, and campaign badges.
Obverse: Profile image of Stephen Douglas facing left. Legend reads: DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE Stephen A. Douglas / 1860.
Reverse: An image of an eagle with shield, clutching arrows and an olive branch in its talons. Legend reads: LIBERTY UNION AND EQUALITY.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
medal, political
depicted
Douglas, Stephen A.
maker
Scovill Manufacturing Company
Measurements
overall: 2.8 cm; 1 1/8 in
ID Number
1981.0296.1225
accession number
1981.0296
catalog number
1981.0296.1225
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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