This impressive sterling silver medal was awarded by the Ocean City New Jersey Summer School for 'Manual Training'. That was a course taught to students to improve perception, observation, judgment, visual accuracy, and manual dexterity. It emphasized the power of DOING things, rather than thinking or talking about them. In simpler terms, it was wood and metal working. It was hand and eye coordination. It was first used in the 1870s in the training of engineers.
This medal is solid silver...marked CALDWELL STERLING. It measures 1 1/4 inches across by 1 7/8 inches high with the loops. It weighs 18.9 grams.
The front is engraved with a scholarly person in robes, holding a scroll. A detailed building, trees and brick gate add the necessary academic aura. The back is engraved with ~ MANUAL TRAINING ~ and the traditional winner's laurels.
The medal is unpolished...we leave the natural patina to be polished or not. It's in excellent condition. This was a fine prize to win...well worth whittling for.
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