Great Central Fair, U.S. Sanitary Commission medal, United States, 1864

Great Central Fair, U.S. Sanitary Commission medal, United States, 1864

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One (1) Great Central Fair, U.S. Sanitary Commission medal
United States, 1864
Obverse Image: Female figure offering a cup to two soldiers. Her hand rests on a cornucopia.
Obverse Text: WE GIVE OUR WEALTH FOR THOSE WHO GIVE THEIR HEALTH FOR US / SCHUSSELE / INV. / PAQUET F.
Reverse Image: N/A
Reverse Text: IN COMMEMORATION OF THE GREAT CENTRAL FAIR FOR THE U.S. SANITARY COMMISSION HELD AT PHILADELPHIA JUNE 1864.
Description
During the Civil War, the U.S. Sanitary Commission provided Union soldiers with medical care, coordinated supply efforts, helped to locate missing soldiers, and offered medical and hygiene advice to the U.S. Army. The private civilian organization held fairs in several northern cities to raise money. This medal commemorated the commission’s Great Central Fair held in Philadelphia.
Object Name
Medal
Other Terms
Medal; Commemorative
date made
1864
associated date
1864 06
originator (author or composer, etc.)
Schussele, Christian
maker
Paquet, Anthony C.
obverse designer
Schussele, Christian
place made
United States
associated place
United States: Pennsylvania
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
struck (overall production method/technique)
circular (overall shape)
Measurements
medal:.63 cm x 5.75 cm; 1/4 in x 2 1/4 in
overall: 57.8 mm; x 2 1/4 in
ID Number
NU.71.123.124
catalog number
71.123.124
accession number
297848
Credit Line
Carl H. Jaeschke
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Exhibition
Giving in America
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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