Replica of a Astor Medal 1926 Dark blue with gray center Front: The Columbia River Historical Expedition, 1920; Inside Circle President of the American Fur Company, with side view of man Back top: University of North Dakota; Bottom: North Dakota Clay; Inside Circle: Fort Union, Peace And, U.M.O with image of hands shaking and two sets of a pipes crossed.
replicas; medals; dark blue; gray (color); presidents; fur; beads (pierced objects)
This is a replica of the original Astor Medal that was made of silver and struck by the U.S. Mint in the mid 1800ΓÇÖs. In 1926, President Budd of the Great Northern Railroad Company, set out to retrace the Columbia River Expedition. His train stopped in Grand Forks. Cable, who was friends with Budd, made the clay replicas for that occasion. A more complete description can be found on pg 16 of the book University of North Dakota Pottery: The Cable Years.
"C CBL 112-0714 Side B" (1926). UND Pottery Collection. 1261.