Calendar Medal, Nelson Centenary 1805-1905

Calendar Medal, Nelson Centenary 1805-1905

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This aluminum calendar medal commemorates the hundredth anniversary of the death of the British admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805). One side shows a bust of Nelson, facing left. It is stamped: NELSON ˑ CENTENARY ˑ 1805-1905. A shaped disc is pivoted to the other side. This disc rotates so that one can line any month of the year (as marked on the disc) with any year from 1904 to 1925 (as stamped on the rim of the circular disc below). The bottom of the shaped disc has a monthly calendar. An opening above the calendar reveals letters that indicate the days of the week (F S S M, etc.) for the month and year. A mark immediately around the center reads: PATENT APPL.FOR. Text around this states: CALENDAR (/) 1904-1925. A mark around this reads: THE BRITANNIA STAMPING Co LTD RIDGMOUNT St. LONDON.
The object came to the Smithsonian from the collection of Henry Russell Wray.
Aluminum calendar discs of this form were designed by the London firm of Henry Grueber & Co, as specified in Grueber’s patent GB189418991. In 1899, this firm took the name Britannia Stamping Company, as is marked on this object. Several examples of Grueber-designed calendar medals, including this one, are discussed by Ackermann.
Silke Ackermann, “Maths and Memory: Calendar Medals in the British Museum Part I,” The Medal, Spring, 2005, vol. 46, esp. pp. 5-9. The example that closely resembles object MA.316919.4 is number 97 in the article, with British Museum catalog number 1948,1203.33.
Currently not on view
Object Name
calendar medal
date made
ca 1904
Grueber, Henry
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
overall:.3 cm x 3.9 cm x 3.9 cm; 1/8 in x 1 17/32 in x 1 17/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Nelson, Vice Admiral Horatio Lord
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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