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"Great Eastern" steamship

Circular medal commemorating the construction of the British steamship called the "Great Eastern", by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Obverse: A ship at center with six masts, five steamstacks, and one wheel; inscribed above "GREAT EASTERN" and below "1859". Reverse: Inscribed at edge "DESIGNED BY...

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Obverse: Inscribed above "GREAT EASTERN" and below "1859". Reverse: Inscribed at edge "DESIGNED BY I.K.BRUNEL" and "BUILT BY SCOTT RUSSELL.", in wreath at edge "LENGTH 692 FEET." and "BREADTH 83 FEET.", at center "DEPTH/58 FEET./TONNAGE/23.000", and below "MERRIAM".


By 1926, Henry G. Picerking; 1926, bequest of Henry G. Pickering to the MFA.

Credit Line

Bequest of Henry G. Pickering

British, 1859

Object Place

Great Britain

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; white metal




Numismatics, Medals