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Medal, Commemorative

Description

American Total Abstinence Society medal with pierced hole at top. The front features a central shield is topped with a cross and emblazoned with the abstinence symbol of a lamb holding a flag and the initials "IHS." A male allegorical figure holding a flag labelled "Sobriety" stands to the left while a female allegorical figure holding a flag labelled "Domestic Comfort" stands to the right. The back features a sobriety pledge inside the shape of a cross.

Creator

unknown

Date

1849

Materials

Silver

Resource ID

3862

Notes

Recto border inscription reads: "IN HOC SIGNO VINCES/ AMERICAN TEMPERANCE MISSION COMMENCED JULY 4, 1849." Verso border inscription reads: "AMERICAN TOTAL ABSTINENCE SOCIETY/ THE VERY REV'D T. MATHEW, PRESIDENT." Verso central text reads: "PLEDGE/ I PROMISE/ WITH THE/ DIVINE/ ASSISTANCE/ TO ABSTAIN FROM ALL/ INTOXICATING LIQUORS/ AND TO PREVENT AS MUCH/ AS POSSIBLE BY ADVICE &/ EXAMPLE/ INTEMPERANCE/ IN/ OTHERS."

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

Digital Publisher

Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture

Rights

This digital image is made available here for private study, scholarship, and research. Commercial and other uses are prohibited without the permission of the Maryland Center for History and Culture. For more information, visit the MCHC’s Reproductions and Permissions web page.