James K. Polk Commemorative Token

Description (Brief)
This commemorative token was made by the Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut during the mid-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 campaign medals.
Obverse: Bust of James K. Polk facing left. Legend: 11th PRESIDENT, U.S.A./1845-1849/JAMES K. POLK.
Reverse: Legend reads: "YOUNG HICKORY"/GOVERNOR OF TENNESSEE/SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE/ANNEXED CALIFORNIA NEW MEXICO AND NORTHWEST TERRITORY/ A MAN OF ABILITY/ IDENTIFIED WITH SLAVE INTERESTS/ "FIRST DARK HORSE."
Location
Currently not on view
depicted
Polk, James K.
maker
Scovill Manufacturing Company
Measurements
overall: 2.6 cm; 1 in
ID Number
1981.0296.1645
catalog number
1981.0296.1645
accession number
1981.0296
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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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