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Benjamin Pike Jr. (1809–1864), an instrument maker and dealer who had recently opened a shop at 294 Broadway, won this silver medal at the American Institute Fair held in New York City in 1844. The obverse is marked "Awarded to Benjamin Pike, Jr. For Superior Air Pumps. 1844." The reverse is marked "AMERICAN INSTITUTE, NEW YORK. R. LOVETT." Pike knew his market well. Americans at that time were establishing numerous schools and colleges and equipping them with instruments for scientific demonstrations. In his Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue of Optical, Mathematical and Philosophical Instruments (1848), designed to attract customers around the country, Pike offered seven different air pumps and many devices to use with them.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
medal
Date made
1844
commemorated
Pike, Jr., Benjamin
maker
Lovett, Sr., Robert
Place Made
United States: New York
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2 in; 5.08 cm
ID Number
PH.334871
catalog number
334871
accession number
312744
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
American Institute Fair of 1844
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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