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Catalog Number 01.C.45b
Object Name Pouch
Title Tiffany Suede Pouch for Benjamin Franklin Medallion
Artist Tiffany & Co.
Date 1906
Description 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.
Label This Tiffany & Co. bag encased the Louis St. Gaudens medal, issued by the Tiffany company, marking the two-hundredth anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth. Louis’s well-known older brother, Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), may have played a significant role in the development of this composition as it was he who taught the younger sculptor the technical aspects of cameo-cutting. The first medallion, made of solid gold, was presented by Secretary of State Elihu Root to the Republic of France in 1904. Of the 150 subsequent copies struck in bronze, fifty were given to the American Philosophical Society for its use. The APS was also given permission to strike additional medals.
Material Suede
Dimensions D-0.25 Dia-3 inches
Credit line American Philosophical Society
Search Terms 20th century
twentieth century
Founding Father
commemorative