James A. Garfield Commemorative Token

Description (Brief)
This token was made by the Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut during the early 20th century. The Scovill Company 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 a variety of consumer goods including buttons, daguerreotype mats, and political tokens.
Obverse: Bust of James Garfield facing right. Legend: 20TH PRESIDENT, U.S.A./ 1881-DIED/ ASSASSINATED/ JAMES A. GARFIELD.
Reverse: "TEACHER PRESIDENT"/ "NOT A MAN OF IRON, BUT OF LIVE OAK"/ MAJ. GEN. IN CIVIL WAR CONGRESSMAN/ ASSASSINATED SIX MONTHS AFTER INAUGURATION.
Location
Currently not on view
depicted
Garfield, James A.
maker
Scovill Manufacturing Company
Measurements
overall: 2.5 cm; in
ID Number
1981.0296.1287
accession number
1981.0296
catalog number
1981.0296.1287
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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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