Fenian Brotherhood Medal

Description (Brief)
The Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut produced this commemorative medal around 1866. 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 medals.
Obverse: Image of a sprig of clover, two hands shaking, and a rising sun. The legend reads: IRELAND/1866/AMERICA.
Reverse: Image of a frigate sailing. The legend reads: IRISH/FB/REPUBLIC.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Scovill Manufacturing Company
overall: 3 cm; 1 3/16 in
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Industry & Manufacturing
Scovill Manufacturing Collection
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Scovill Manufacturing Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Visitor Comments

6/11/2014 11:04:04 AM
francis heaney
See L. Forrer "Biographical Dictionary of Medallists" (spink 1912, reprinted Baldwins ISBN 0 096919 03 7 the set) pp 484-485 .... "SEWELL die sinker of New York, of Irish origin, by whom is a Fenian Brotherhood badge 1866 struck for presentation to the members of the association". Same badge as illustrated, same size, gilted.
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