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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    MG.1474

  • Description

    Commemorative medal: white metal; Great Eastern paddle steamer and two sailing ships; inscription; date; reverse: technical details of vessel.

  • Date

    • 1861
  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 1.3 inches
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        obverse
      • Inscription Content

        THE GREAT EASTERN
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Content

        TONNAGE 24,000 LENGTH 692 FT, BREDTH 83 FT DEPTH 60 FT. 2,600 HORSE POWER. 4, DECKS. 10, BOILERS. 112, FURNACES. 10, ANCHORS. WILL CARRY 10,000 TROOPS
  • Bibliography

    • Montague Guest 1474 bibliographic details
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    4 July 2005

    Reason for treatment

    Storage

    Treatment proposal

    Clean metal tokens to remove foam residues

    Condition

    Tokens have polyurethane foam residues covering the surface of the object which have reacted with the surface causing damage and corrosion.

    Treatment details

    cleaned metal tokens with acetone to remove foam residues

    About these records 

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1907

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number

    MG.1474

  • Additional IDs

    • G.1474
Commemorative medal: white metal; Great Eastern paddle steamer and two sailing ships; inscription; date; reverse: technical details of vessel.

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