Women's Auxiliary of the Massachusetts Civil Service Reform Association Presentation Medal

1904–06
Artist Frances Grimes (American, 1869–1963)


Catalogue Raisonné

Storer 1321

Dimensions

Overall: 12.6 cm (4 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

2003.631

Medium or Technique

Cast bronze

On View

Jan and Warren Adelson Gallery (Gallery 221)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Medals

Obverse: Standing figure of Justice with shield in left hand and the standard and scales of justice in right hand. Raised inscriptions include “•E / •PLVRIBUS• / VNVM•” in a banderole above female figure and “•THE•BEST•/ •SHALL• / •SERVE•THE / •STATE•” that flanks figure at knee height. Reverse: In center of pine branch wreath tied with ribbon at bottom is raised inscription “•THE•WOMENS• / •AVXILIARY•OF THE• / MASSACHUSETTS / CIVIL•SERVICE•REFORM / •ASSOCIATION•” and the name “DONALD F. MERRILL” inscribed below in a rectangular cartouche with two knobbed ends.

Inscription

Raised inscriptions include "•E / •PLVRIBUS• / VNVM•" in a banderole above female figure and "•THE•BEST•/ •SHALL• / •SERVE•THE / •STATE•" that flanks figure at knee height. Reverse: In center of pine branch wreath tied with ribbon at bottom is raised inscription "•THE•WOMENS• / •AVXILIARY•OF THE• / MASSACHUSETTS / CIVIL•SERVICE•REFORM / •ASSOCIATION•" and the name "DONALD F. MERRILL" inscribed below in a rectangular cartouche with two knobbed ends.

Provenance

Acquired 2003 as a gift from a friend to donor. Had been purchased at an antique store on the North Shore about 2001.

Credit Line

Gift of Rebecca Reynolds