John Bell Campaign Medal

Description (Brief):

This presidential campaign medal was made by the Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut around 1860. The Scovill Company was established in 1802 as a button manufacturer that 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.

Description (Brief)

Obverse: Bust of John A. Bell facing left. The legend reads: FOR PRESIDENT JOHN BELL OF TENNESSEE.

Description (Brief)

Reverse: Eagle with shield, holding a laurel branch and a bundle of arrows, and a banner in its beak that reads: E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Date Made: ca 1860

Depicted: Bell, JohnMaker: Scovill Manufacturing Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Connecticut, Waterbury

Related Event: Presidential Campaign of 1860


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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Scovill, Inc.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1981.0296.1193Accession Number: 1981.0296Catalog Number: 1981.0296.1193

Object Name: medal, political

Physical Description: brass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 3.8 cm; 1 1/2 in


Record Id: nmah_1382186

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