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Badge in original box

Badge in original box
Title
Badge in original box
Date 
1889
Medium 
Bronze, silk; paper
Dimensions 
Badge: 3 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 in. (8.9 x 4.4 x 4.4 cm) Box: 1/4 x 4 1/8 x 1 7/8 in. ( 0.6 x 10.5 x 4.8 cm )
Description 
Bronze badge worn by a member of the general committee of the George Washington inauguration centennial; badge suspended from two bars linked by chains; top bar "NEW YORK 1789-1889 GW"; lower bar engraved "GENERAL COMMITTEE"; obverse of badge with profile bust of George Washington facing left with tied fasces to right, with "PATER PATRIA / MDCC LXXXIX" and "GEORGE WASHINGTON"; reverse has eagle with shield and motto, and "TO COMMEMORATE THE INAUGURATION OF GEORGE WASHINGTON AS FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AT NEW YORK APRIL XXXTH MDCLXXXIX - BY AUTHORITY OF THE COMMITTEE ON CELEBRATION NEW-YORK APRIL XXXTH MCDDDLXXXIX"; taupe colored silk ribbon; original cardboard box printed: "GEORGE WASHINGTON / INAUGURATION / CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION / 1889" and "TIFFANY & CO."
Object Number 
INV.3240
Marks 
Stamp: on reverse of upper bar: "TIFFANY / & CO."
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group