Dix Token

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Description (Brief)
The Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut produced this token around 1860. Scovill was an early industrial American innovator, adapting armory manufacturing processes to mass-produce a variety of consumer goods. With the Civil War starting, Secretary of the Treasury James Dix sent a telegram to Treasury agents in Louisiana: "If any one attempts to haul down the American flag, shoot him on the spot." This quote is on the token’s reverse.
Obverse: U.S. flag surrounded by 13 stars. Legend: THE FLAG OF THE UNION.
Reverse: IF ANYBODY ATTEMPTS TO TEAR IT DOWN/ SHOOT HIM ON THE SPOT/ DIX.
Location
Currently not on view
maker
Scovill Manufacturing Company
Measurements
overall: 1.95 cm; 3/4 in
ID Number
1981.0296.1604
accession number
1981.0296
catalog number
1981.0296.1604
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Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
Industry & Manufacturing
Scovill Manufacturing Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History

Comments

I have one of these, it belonged to my great great Grandfather that fought in the civil war for the north. It has a hole drilled in the edge and I was told by my Father that he wore it around his neck during the civil war. He was wounded in the battle of Chickamauga and discharged from the Union army.

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