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Image of 01.C.01 - Seal

01.C.01 - Seal

Brass stamp for sealing wax with profile portrait of Benjamin Franklin in center with "BENJAMIN FRANKLIN NE A BOSTON LE 17 JANUARY 1706" and decorative border around perimeter. "MORT A PHILADELPHIE AN 1790" at bottom.

Image of 01.C.02 - Spoon

01.C.02 - Spoon

Souvenir spoon with portrait of Franklin on handle, kite with key and lightning below, and Franklin at the court of France in bowl. Handle of spoon: "1706 B. Franklin 1790." Marked "Bailey Banks & Biddle" on back, next to lion, anchor, and "G" symbol.

Image of 01.C.03 - Spoon

01.C.03 - Spoon

Souvenir spoon with portrait of Franklin at top. Eagle below Franklin, followed by house representing his birthplace, crest with 13 stars and stripes, "1760 1790" along stem, and Philadelphia City Hall in bowl. On rear is image of Liberty Bell, printing press, and Independence Hall. No maker's mark.

Image of M-F85-5 - Seal

M-F85-5 - Seal

Profile portrait of Benjamin Franklin, wearing cap, encircled by 13 stars.

Image of 01.C.12 - Flask

01.C.12 - Flask

Flat-sided clear glass pint flask, with plain lip and pontil mark on underside of base. Shoulder-length portrait of Benjamin Franklin with inscription, "BENJAMIN FRANKLIN" above head and "WHERE LIBERTY DWELLS THERE IS MY COUNTRY" along shoulder. Shoulder-length portrait of Thomas W. Dyott on reverse with inscription, "T.W. DYOTT, M.D." above head and "KENSINGTON GLASS WORKS PHILADELPHIA" along shoulder.

Image of 01.C.29 - Medallion

01.C.29 - Medallion

Blue, round, ceramic jasperware medallion with a kneeling figure in bas-relief at the center. The figure's wrists and ankles are bound with a length of chain, and he holds his hands upwards in a pleading gesture. "AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER." is inscribed in bas-relief around the outer perimeter. Unsigned and undated.

Image of 01.C.31 - Painting

01.C.31 - Painting

Case opens like book, with clasp. Portrait painted on ivory is on right side when opened, set into gold-toned metal frame. Franklin wears fur coat. Opposite side is padded velvet.

Image of 01.C.34 - Medallion

01.C.34 - Medallion

Profile portrait-relief of Benjamin Franklin wearing a fur hat within a circular terracotta medallion. The upper surface of the medallion reads: "B. FRANKLIN / AMERICAIN" around image. Impressed on the tranche of the sitter’s shoulder "Nini / F1777" has been engraved, with an additional "1777" repeated below. A relief shield has been rendered to the right of these inscriptions; the shield is emblazoned with a lightning rod and thunderbolt and surmounted by a crown. The underside of the medallion is plain. There are small indentations at the top for hanging / hardware purposes. The underside bears a sticker that reads, "Nini / Purchased / March 25, 1948"; there are a few additional marks belo

Image of M-F85-44 - Medal

M-F85-44 - Medal

Obverse: bas-relief profile portrait of Benjamin Franklin wearing cap; "BENJAMIN FRANKLIN" along side perimeter. Reverse: "COR. OF WALNUT & NINTH STS. / PHILADA / A. B. TAYLOR / DRUGGIST / & / APOTHECARY."

Image of 01.C.35 - Medallion

01.C.35 - Medallion

Profile portrait-relief of Benjamin Franklin wearing a fur hat within a circular terracotta medallion. The upper surface of the medallion reads: "B. FRANKLIN / AMERICAIN" around image. Impressed on the tranche of the sitter’s shoulder "Nini / F1777" has been engraved, with an additional "1777" repeated below. A relief shield has been rendered to the right of these inscriptions; the shield is emblazoned with a lightning rod and thunderbolt and surmounted by a crown. (The shield for this medallion is rendered more clearly than the shield that adorns 01.C.34.) The underside of the medallion is plain. There are small indentations at the top for hanging / hardware purposes. The underside of the m

Image of 01.C.36 - Medallion

01.C.36 - Medallion

Obverse: Profile bas-relief portrait of Benjamin Franklin in a fur hat. "B. Franklin. Americain" around image. Impressed on tranche of shoulder "Nini / F1777" and "1777" repeated below, with a relief shield emblazoned with lightning rod and thunderbolt and surmounted by a crown. Reverse: blank. Twisted wire hanger with loop at top.

Image of 01.C.38 - Charm

01.C.38 - Charm

Carnelian charm that reportedly adorned Benjamin Franklin's watch chain. Housed in leather box with purple satin inside. Mounted on board.

Image of 01.C.45a - Medallion

01.C.45a - Medallion

Obverse: BENJAMIN - FRANKLIN above bust of Franklin facing left with palm branches on either side; to right, 1706 / 1790. In exergue, (triangle) PRINTER (triangle) PHILOSOPHER (triangle) / (triangle) SCIENTIST (triangle) STATESMAN (triangle) / *DIPLOMATIST*. Reverse: HISTORY above a draped female figure seated at left, holding against her knee a shield bordered by olive wreath; she is inscribing on the shield ERIPUIT / COELO / FULMEN / SCEPTRUM / QUE TYR / ANNIS; a tripod alter is burning beside her, a branch of laurel on the steps leading to her throne, and fluted columns behind her; three figures, representing Science, Philosophy and Literature, stand before her; over the figures in three

Image of 01.C.45b - Pouch

01.C.45b - Pouch

Suede pouch for Benjamin Franklin Medallion - 01.C.45. Suede pouch stamped with an image of an eagle, "United States of America," and wreath with bow on obverse and "TIFFANY & CO. NEW YORK PARIS LONDON MAKERS" on reverse.

Image of 01.C.53 - Paperweight

01.C.53 - Paperweight

Marble base with arrangement of bronze objects: two books, wreath, rolled manuscript with "Lois de Pennsylvania" in script and Benjamin Franklin medal. Medal contains bas-relief profile portrait of Benjamin Franklin with "BENJ. FRANKLIN NATUS BOSTON. XVII JAN. MDCCVI" around perimeter. "DUPRÉ F." on edge of bust.

Image of 1972.2496 - Medallion

1972.2496 - Medallion

Profile portrait of George Washington, identical to 58.S.46. White on black dip jasperware. Inscribed "WEDGWOOD/O" and "Washington" on rear.

Image of 01.C.84 - Plate, Printing

01.C.84 - Plate, Printing

Image of medal (obverse and reverse) above inscription: "Medal struck by the Congress of U.S. commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin." Obverse: bas-relief profile portrait bust of Benjamin Franklin in center, "1706-1790" at right. "BENJAMIN FRANKLIN" and laurel branches around top perimeter. "PRINTER / PHILOSOPHER / SCIENTIST / STATESMAN / DIPLOMATIST" at bottom. Reverse: Seated female allegorical figure of History on temple porch, writing on shield. Three male allegorical figures at right: Literature (with books), Science (with lightning bolt and staff with caduceus symbol), and Philosophy (bearded, holding horn). "STRUCK BY ACT OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED ST

Image of 01.C.91 - Iron, Branding

01.C.91 - Iron, Branding

Branding iron with "W.T. Franklin" on branding iron head.

Image of 1840.1 - Box, Diploma

1840.1 - Box, Diploma

Painted tin box for Benjamin Franklin's honorary Master of Arts diploma from Harvard University. Painted (in blue, brown, gold, and red) with supposed earliest known representation of Harvard's coat of arms. Presented along with the papers of Benjamin Franklin (held by APS Library).

Image of 1955.1650m2 - Bric-a-brac

1955.1650m2 - Bric-a-brac

Rococo stand with cupid gesturing or holding an ornamental frame where medal was once affixed. Medal (not pictured) Obverse: overlapping, bas-relief, profile portraits of Benjamin Franklin and Jean Baptiste Antoine Auget de Montyon in center. "FRANKLIN / BIENFAISANCE DU GÉNIE" on left side by Franklin and "MONTYON / GÉNIE DE LA BIENFAISANCE" on right side by Montyon. Reverse: stylized wreath and "SOCIÉTÉ MONTYON ET FRANKLIN POUR LES PORTRAITS DES HOMMES UTILES" around perimeter. "LES SOUSCRIPTEURS ASSOCIÉS POUR PROPAGER L'HISTOIRE DES BIENFAITEURS DE L'HUMANITÉ 1833." in center.