Alex Krapf publishes the Medallic Art Collector web site. He writes:
I have added a section that I could use your readers' assistance with: Underdocumented Medals. Usually, I am at least lacking the
year or the sculptor but I welcome any information people can provide. I can be reached via the Contact page on my site or via email at
firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you.
Readers; please have a look at the page and bookmark it. Can anyone help with some of these? Here are a couple underdocumented medals
that caught my eye. These are fascinating views into history. The web site is excellent, and I look forward to its continued growth.
Federal Electric Award Medal
The medal's obverse bears god-like figure (Zeus?) on throne, eagle perched at throne's left, clouds and lightning in background. In
exergue, THE FEDERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY / AWARD
The medal's reverse bears company's logo (circled F with lightning bolt) before clouds and lightning at top; below, horizontal
branches of leaves. Inscription reading AWARDED TO / (blank space) / BY THE / NATIONAL ELECTRIC LIGHT ASSOCIATION / FOR THE GREATEST
CONTRIBTION / TO THE PROGRESS OF THE / ELECTRICAL ADVERTISING / INDUSTRY / DURING THE YEAR 19(unreadable)
The edge is rifled and does not bear any maker's marks.
The Federal Electric Company was founded in Chicago, Illinois, in 1901 by John Goehst and James and John Gilchrist. The company
started out by manufacturing and selling store signs lit by incandescent lamps. By 1915, they began manufacturing and selling
electrically-operated mechanical sirens. In the 1920s, Federal Electric came under the ownership of Commonwealth Edison, eventually
becoming a part of the utility empire of Samuel Insull.
In 1969 the company was spun off and went public as the Federal Signal Corporation. They are still operating under that name and
"design, develop and deploy solutions intended to protect people, property and the environment under brands including Federal
Signal, Elgin, Bronto, Vactor, Guzzler, Vactor, Victor, and Jetstream."
Do you know the artist who designed this medal or where it was manufactured?
This medal measures 70mm in diameter and was struck in white metal.
Yosemite National Park Medal
This uniface medal's obverse bears bust of Native American chief in feather headdress facing right. Around right side, YOSEMITE
The reverse bears maker's mark ROBBINS CO / ATTLEBORO / MASS
This beautiful medal bears no signature and no date. The design and craftsmanship make me believe that it was done by one of the better
known medallists but I would really appreciate to get some data on this piece. I would date it no later than the 1940s, but I could be
To view the Underdocumented Medals page, see:
To visit the Medallic Art Collector web site, see:
While we're on the topic of identifying medals, above is a piece submitted by Dick Hanscomb. He's trying to identify it for a
customer. Ideas, anyone? -Editor
The medal is about 39mm, maybe the thickness of a quarter. Looks like gilt bronze with most of the gold gone. Either that or that is
luster showing through. I get the impression that there was a written description accompanying the medal because of the A, B, C etc. that
are in the design
Wayne Homren, Editor
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