1842 Croton Aqueduct Completion Medals
Begun in 1837 and completed in 1842, the Croton Reservoir and Aqueduct and it's distribution system in the city of New York was the largest engineering project in this country at the time. Robert Lovett Sr. was commisioned to produce medals to be awarded at the celebration held on October 14th, 1842. Engraved silver medals were struck to be presented to the 17 Alderman as well as other dignitaries. How many of these were produced I have yet to determine. Bronze and white metal versions were also produced and again I do not have any information on the number struck. All are fairly scarce.
The medals are approximately 51mm in diameter with the bronze version being thicker than the silver and white metal. One face shows a cutaway of a portion of the aqueduct with statistics about the size and flow rate. The other face depicts the Murray Hill Distributing Reservoir with a city scene in the background and facts about the capacity of the system below. This Distributing Reservoir sat on the site of what is now the New York City Public Library. They are beautiful examples of the engraver's art.
Silver, Awarded to "General Hopkins, Grand Marshall", 51mm
Bronzed white metal, 51mm
|I have only seen two examples of these bronzed pieces and both were heavily scratched.|
"Pay List for Cartage of Pipes" 1847
Unknown composition, 51.2mm
I suspect this is a bronzed white metal piece with most of the bronzing worn off. The weight and thickness are close to that of the white metal version and there is some bronze color still visible on parts of the medal.
Unknown composition, 50.6mm
This piece was described as a bronzed white metal example but I doubt it. The weight is just over 64 grams compared to 48 for the white metal example. Thickness and diameter are slightly less. The edge shows a light colored metal beneath the bronze color and the surfaces appear grainy. Possible a cast lead piece that has been bronzed? The other cast copy above is thicker and weighs only 56 grams.