James K. Polk Commemorative Token

Description (Brief)
This token was made by the Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut during the early 20th century. Scovill was established in 1802 as a button manufacturer and is still in business today. Scovill was an early industrial American innovator, adapting armory manufacturing processes to mass-produce various consumer goods including buttons, daguerreotype mats, and political tokens.
Obverse: Bust of James K. Polk facing left. Legend: 11TH PRESIDENT, U.S.A./ 1845-1849/ JAMES K. POLK.
Reverse: "YOUNG HICKORY"/ "FIRST DARK HORSE"/ GOVERNOR OF TENNESSEE SPEAKER OF HOUSE ANNEXED CALIFORNIA NEW MEXICO AND NORTH WEST TERRITORY A MAN OF ABILITY IDENTIFIED WITH SLAVE INTERESTS.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
medal, political
maker
Scovill Manufacturing Company
Measurements
overall: 2.5 cm; in
ID Number
1981.0296.1280
accession number
1981.0296
catalog number
1981.0296.1280
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Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
Industry & Manufacturing
Scovill Manufacturing Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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