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Rutherford B. Hayes Commemorative Token

Rutherford B. Hayes Commemorative Token

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Description (Brief)
This token was made by the Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut during the early 20th century. Scovill 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 various consumer goods including buttons, daguerreotype mats, and political tokens.
Obverse: Bust of Rutherford B. Hayes facing left. Legend: 19TH PRESIDENT, U.S.A./ 1877-1881/ RUTHERFORD B. HAYES.
Reverse: "HE SERVES HIS PARTY BEST WHO SERVES HIS COUNTRY BEST"/ BRIGADIER GENERAL IN CIVIL WAR CONGRESSMAN GOVERNOR OF OHIO DEFEATED TILDEN FOR THE PRESIDENCY BY ONE ELECTORAL VOTE.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
medal, political
depicted
Hayes, Rutherford B.
maker
Scovill Manufacturing Company
Measurements
overall: 2.5 cm; in
ID Number
1981.0296.1286
accession number
1981.0296
catalog number
1981.0296.1286
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Industry & Manufacturing
Scovill Manufacturing Collection
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I found this exact token, but in bronze, in the cellar of a 1703 colonial saltbox house on Washington St. in Groveland, Massachusetts in which we then lived in 1954. I was 11 or twelve at the time and it stayed in my cigar box with other treasures for many decades, à la the box owned by Scout and Jem Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. I remember taking it to school and showing it to the teacher. Alas, I do not have it anymore, but maybe my brother, who seems to have ended up with several of my baubles over the years, has it. I will ask him.
My token is almost exactly the same as in the picture (gold token) but the year 1877 is in the middle to the left side and the 1881 is in the middle to the right side (of the face) Reverse side: starts from the bottom, "He Served His Party Best Who Serves His Country Best" Advanced From Major to Brigadier General in Civil War Congressman Governor of Ohio Defeated Tilden For The Presidency By One Electoral Vote , it's in mint condittion, it's inside a hard plastic case 19th President, USA...Rutherford B. Hayes
My token is a little different. Mine looks like it cold be made of silver and on the reverse side above brigadier it says "advanced from major to......"

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