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Methodist Church medallions

Five silver medallions housed in small round cases, which were produced for the Methodist Church in 1866 by Warner & Sons.

Decade: 1860-1869

Subject: Methodist Church, Religion and Spirituality, Commemorative Medal

Format: Currency/Medallions

Glass Inkwell, 1867

Cut glass pen holder and inkwell with pewter cap, reportedly given to J. Foullerout by James Buchanan in 1867.

Decade: 1860-1869

Subject: Inkwell

Format: Glassware/Ceramics

Phi Beta Kappa key, 1868

Copper key inscribed with name of Alexander Dallas Bache Smead as a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1868.

Decade: 1860-1869

Subject: Honor Societies, Key

Format: Miscellaneous

Sigma Chi fraternity pin and flag, c.1865

Gold stick pin with fraternity symbol and 13-star flag, which belonged to John Franklin Goucher.

Decade: 1860-1869

Subject: Greek Life, Fraternity Pin

Format: Pins/Buttons

Sigma Chi fraternity pin, c.1865

Sigma Chi cross painted black and white with small chains, inscribed with name of John Franklin Goucher.

Decade: 1860-1869

Subject: Fraternity Pin, Greek Life

Format: Pins/Buttons

Theta Delta Chi fraternity pin, 1868

Gold shield with name of Charles Granville Biggs engraved on the reverse.

Decade: 1860-1869

Subject: Fraternity Pin, Greek Life

Format: Pins/Buttons

Theta Delta Chi fraternity pin, 1869

Jewel-encrusted black and gold shield which belonged to William James Dale.

Decade: 1860-1869

Subject: Fraternity Pin, Greek Life

Format: Pins/Buttons

Horatio Collins King Brooch, c.1875

Hand-painted oval brooch with a watercolor miniature of Horatio Collins King from around 1875.

Decade: 1870-1879

Subject: Brooch

Format: Jewelry

Medal Front, 1876

Gold medal with chain with Union Philosophical Society emblem in the center, presented to William M. B. Glandig in 1876.

Decade: 1870-1879

Subject: Medal, Literary Societies, Honors and Awards, Oratorical Contests

Format: Currency/Medallions

Medal Front, 1876

Gold metal cross with diamonds depicting scientific apparatus on the arms and center, presented to William M. B. Glandig (Class of 1878) in 1876.

Decade: 1870-1879

Subject: Oratorical Contests, Medal, Honors and Awards

Format: Currency/Medallions

Pierson Prize for Oratory medal, 1877

Round gold pendant inscribed with contest details and the name of the winner for 1877, James Henry Morgan.

Decade: 1870-1879

Subject: Pierson Prize, Oratorical Contests, Medal, Honors and Awards

Format: Currency/Medallions

Medal Front, 1877

Silver pendant medal presented to William M. B. Glandig (Class of 1878) for winning the Pierson Prize for Oratory in 1877.

Decade: 1870-1879

Subject: Pierson Prize, Honors and Awards, Medal

Format: Currency/Medallions

Embroidered Handkerchief, c.1880

A white handkerchief embroidered with floral designs and scalloped  edges. This handkerchief belonged to Zatae Longsdorff, class of 1887.

Decade: 1880-1889

Subject: handkerchief

Format: Clothing

Judge Advocate General Medal, 1883

Gold metal pendant awarded to Horatio Collins King by Governor Grover Cleveland in 1883, which appointed King to Judge Advocate General of New York.

Decade: 1880-1889

Subject: Medal, Honors and Awards, Military

Format: Currency/Medallions

Dickinson College Cadet Corps uniform, c.1880

Blue wool cap, jacket, and trousers worn by Frank S. Bender (Class of 1883) as a member of the cadet corps around 1883.

Decade: 1880-1889

Subject: Uniform, Military, Jacket, Pants, Cap

Format: Clothing, Hats

Phi Beta Kappa key, 1883

Copper key inscribed with Bradford Oliver McIntire as a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1883; also inscribed “Wesleyan.”

Decade: 1880-1889

Subject: Honor Societies, Key

Format: Miscellaneous

Methodist Episcopal Church medals

Four gold medal featuring Francis Asbury and Matthew Simpson, produced for the centennial of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1884.

Decade: 1880-1889

Subject: Medal, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Currency/Medallions

Portable Wooden Writing Desk, c.1885

A small portable wooden writting desk with a lock, keys and an ink well. The inside flaps fold up to reveal a small storage space underneath and there is a small box with a lid to store pens. This object belonged to Zatae Longsdorff, class of...

Decade: 1880-1889

Subject: writing desk

Format: Miscellaneous

Theta Delta Chi fraternity ring, c.1885

Jewel-encrusted 3 banded gold ring with fraternity symbol which belonged to Wilmer Wesley Salmon.

Decade: 1880-1889

Subject: Greek Life, Fraternity Pin

Format: Pins/Buttons

Pierson Prize-Longsdorff, 1886

A gold medallion attached to a red ribbon. On the front the engraving reads "COLLEGIUM DICKINSONIENSE DETUR DIONIORI" and on the back "AWARDED TO Zatae Longsdorff AS A PRIZE FOR ORATORY FOUNDED BY DANIEL PIERSON MDCCCLXXXVI"

Decade: 1880-1889

Subject: Award Medals, Oratorical Contests, Pierson Prize

Format: Currency/Medallions

Mother of Pearl Card Case, 1887

A small card case decorated with squares of mother of pearl on the outside, and inside lined with blue velvet. This object belonged to Zatae Longsdorff, class of 1887.

Decade: 1880-1889

Subject: card case

Format: Miscellaneous

Pierson Prize for Oratory Medal, 1887

A round gold pendant with oratorical contest details inscribed on both the front and the back. On the front the name of the winner for 1887, "AWARDED TO MARY R. CURRAN AS A PRIZE FOR ORATORY", is inscribed in the center of the medallion, around...

Decade: 1880-1889

Subject: Award Medals, Oratorical Contests, Pierson Prize

Format: Currency/Medallions

Bible, 1888

A Holy Bible with a well worn dark leather cover. On the spine is the text "Holy Bible" embossed in gold. Inside the front cover is a gift inscription to the owner. This object was owned by Zatae Longsdorff, class of 1887. 

Decade: 1880-1889

Subject: Bible, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Miscellaneous

Loyal Legion Button, c.1888

A Loyal Legion pin worn by John Hays (II), class of 1857, on his jacket lapel. One side of the pin is covered in red, white, and blue fabric, with red, white and blue bow in the center. On the reverse side is a metal silver button with the...

Decade: 1880-1889

Subject: Pin, Military

Format: Pins/Buttons

Wooden Fencepost

Single wooden picket with spade-shaped top.  The whitewash paint is weathered and slightly pealing.  The fencepost was supposedly used in the 1888 Halloween riot. 

Decade: 1880-1889

Subject: Riot

Format: Building Materials

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