Henry Clay Medal

Henry Clay Medal

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Description (Brief)
This medal was made by the Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut around 1824. 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.
Obverse: Profile image of Henry Clay facing right, with the legend: HENRY CLAY.
Reverse: Image of two laurel leaves around the rim and a central legend that reads: A TARIFF FOR PROTECTION.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
medal, political
depicted
Clay, Henry
maker
Scovill Manufacturing Company
Measurements
overall: 1.9 cm; 3/4 in
ID Number
1981.0296.1150
accession number
1981.0296
catalog number
1981.0296.1150
Presidential Campaign of 1844
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

According to Edmund Sullivan, American Political Badges and Metalets 1789-1892, Quarterman publications, 1982, on pp. 107-108 in a note to campaign medal HC-1844-30 the medal you display is similar to a variety made during the 1844 campaign but your medal is smaller and has a slightly different reverse design. It was produced in 1860, so it is a post-election commemorative.

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