AGRICULTURAL AND MECHANICAL SOCIETY MEDALS
Peoria County Agricultural Society Medal
Harkness Il-75, silver, 30.9mm
| Is this the work of George H. Lovett? It has the look of his work but I would not call it definitely his without further evidence.
Minnesota State Agricultural Society Medals
Harkness Mn-40, gilt copper (98.69% copper, 1.31% gold), 51.1mm
| The Hennipen County Agricultural Society medal, Mn-20, is identical to this except for the inscription on the reverse. Joe Levine in his Auction 77 had one example of each of these in silver but without the initials G.H.L.. This example has the initials on the obverse in the space just below the figure with the plow.
Buffalo Mechanics Institute Medals
Harkness Ny-232, copper nickel (copper 66.7%, nickel 33.3%), 45mm
Awarded to 'Wm Robertson for Silk Hats 1873'
Harkness Ny-234, bronze, 60.25mm
Awarded to 'Young, Law, & Co. for Grey Domestics 1871.
| This excerpt from "Transactions of the First International Industrial Exhibition of The Buffalo Mechanics Institute" does credit George H. with engraving the dies -
"The dies, from which the medals are struck off, were engraved in steel by George H. Lovett, Esq., 181 Broadway, N. Y.; who, for many years past, has engraved the medals for the various Fairs and Exhibitions throughout this country. The medal executed by him for_the International Industrial Exhibition, for style, neatness of workmanship, accuracy in delineation, etc., is said, by competent judges, to be superior to any medal heretofore executed by him." This does not say which size die. Neither are signed so can we assume he did both? Although at first glance they appear to be identical there are subtle differences indicating two different designs.
Erie County Agricultural Society Medals
Harkness Ny-270, gilt copper?, 31mm
| Harkness assigns this to the Erie County Agricultural Society but I am not sure he is correct. Both obverse and reverse have a similar look to Ny-280 but why is there no inscription indicating it was for that organization? Both dies are found paired with the Cincinnatus of America die (Baker 278F and Baker 352) which was the work of George H.. The wreath on the obverse is the same as that used on the Monitor and Merrimac medals.
My guess is that George H. was up to his usual practice of taking two seemingly unrelated dies and striking a medal using them - either to sell at a later date or just to produce another rarity!
Harkness Ny-270, white metal
Harkness Ny-280, white metal, 44.8mm
| George H. used the obverse die on medals for the Hicksville Farmers and Mechanics Club (Ny-300) and Whiteside County, Illinois Agricultural Society (Il-100). The reverses were of similar design but with different wreaths.
New York State Agricultural Society Medals
Harkness Ny-394, Julian AM-62, gold, 31mm
(image courtesy of NeoCollect - Alan Weinberg Collection)
| Julian list the gold version as "uncertain" but a gold example awarded to "F. Nishurtz for Special Premium on Pulverizing Harrow etc." sold in the Presidential Coin and Antique Auction 51, December 1991. And the above example, with original case, is evidence they were struck.
New York State Agricultural Society silk ribbons
Harkness Ny-394, Julian AM-62, silver in original case, 31mm
Harkness Ny-394, Julian AM-62, copper, 31mm
Life Member's silk ribbon for the New York State
Union Agricultural Society at Palmyra Medals
(on line image)
New Jersey State Agricultural Society Medals
The earliest record of a statewide agricultural society in New Jersey was from 1781, the name being "The New Jersey Society for Promoting Agriculture, Commerce, and Arts". Very little is known of their activities. A second attempt to form a society was in 1818 and the proposal called for the formation of a "State Society for the Promotion of Agriculture and Domestic Manufactures". Several committees were formed and a meeting was to be held in Trenton in October of 1818 but the record is blank after that. A third effort took place in 1839 centered around the Princeton Agricultural Society. The Legislature passed an act in 1840 to incorporate The New Jersey State Agricultural Society and the first fair and exhibition was held in November of that year. Another fair was held in October of 1841 but after that few records exist, the last being a record of a quarterly meeting held on July 23, 1842.
A New Jersey State Agricultural Society was finally successfully formed at a meeting on January 24, 1855 and the objective was to "improve the condition of Agriculture, Horticulture, and the Domestic and Household Arts." The first fair was held at Camden on September 18 through 21, 1855. The legislature approved the incorporation of the Society in February of 1856 and a second fair was held that year in Newark. The last fair was held in 1899 and in 1904 its certificate of incorporation was officially voided.
Harkness Nj-70, copper, 34.85mm
Harkness Nj-70, white metal, 34.3mm
Harkness Nj-70, brass, 34mm
| I have not seen a brass version of this medal but a Bangs, Merwin & Co. Sale of January 1863 list copper, brass, and tin.
Harkness Nj-70, gold?, 34mm
Harkness Nj-70, silver, 35.4mm
awarded to "C.S. Demarest, New York", 1888
I have no record of any gold medals but an entry in "The History of the New Jersey Agricultural Society 1781-1940" states that silver, gold, and bronze medals were awarded at fairs held by the New Jersey State Agricultural Society
Admission ticket for the 1886 New Jersey State Agricultural
Society Annual Fair
Harkness Nj-80, bronze, 57mm
Awarded to "H.L. Moore / Elizabeth / Display of /
| I am not sure what to make of this piece? Beneath the figure on the obverse is the signature "Henning & Eymann NY" but is in a case, which is a perfect fit, that says "Geo. H. Lovett Medalist 192 B'Way N. Y." Did the Society have Henning & Eymann design the medal but then have George H. strike it since they had dealings with him in the past? Was the medal just placed in the case at a later date by someone else?
Harkness unlisted, gilt?, 57.4mm
This is not the work of George H. Lovett but thought it was an interesting piece to include. The organization was revived in 1940 as the New Jersey Agricultural Society and is still in existence today.
Chicago Mechanics Institute Medal
Harkness Il-30, silver, 41mm
The Ohio State Board of Agriculture Medals
Harkness Oh-110, silver in original case, 51.3mm
Awarded to Hall & Allen for Best Corn Cobb Mill, 1856
Harvey Hall, recipient of above medal
Harkness Oh-110, bronze, 51.1mm
Harkness Oh-110, white metal, 51.3mm
Syracuse Mechanic's Association Medals
Harkness Ny-500, silver, 46mm
Awarded to "Wm. Beebe for case of Jewelry, Feb. 1857"
Harkness Ny-500, gilt, 46mm
William Beebe and family - image courtesy of his great,
great, grandaughter Cindy Brown from whom this medal
Harkness NY-500, bronze, unawarded, 46.2mm
| An example described as silver plated and inscribed to "L.A. Champion" was in a PCAC Auction in June 2007. Anyone with information on examples in other metals please contact me.
Tennessee Agricultural and Mechanical Association Medal
Harkness Tn-40, silver, 39.75mm
Harkness Tn-40, copper, 39.75mm
(image courtesy of Jonathan Brecher)
Wisconsin State Agricultural Society Medals
Harkness Wi-20, gilt bronze (53.54% copper, 26.52% tin, 15.47% gold, 4.47% silver), 53.6mm
Harkness Wi-20, bronze, 53.3mm
Harkness Wi-20, white metal, 53mm
(image courtesy of Jonathan Brecher)
Harkness Wi-20, silver, 53mm
(image courtesy of NeoCollect - the Alan Weinberg Collection)