U.S. Patent Office Centennial Commemorative Medal

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Description (Brief)
This medal was made by the Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut around 1891. 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 an eagle on the shield of the United States, with a cogwheel and sheaf of grain to the left. The legend reads: PATENT OFFICE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Reverse: The legend reads: PATENT CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION/WASHINGTON April 10, 1891.
Currently not on view
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Scovill Manufacturing Company
overall: 4.8 cm; 1 7/8 in
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Industry & Manufacturing
Scovill Manufacturing Collection
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National Museum of American History


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