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Howard Medal: CM.20-2005

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Current Location: In storage


Artist: Wyon, Allan Gairdner
Issuer: Institution of Civil Engineers (Struck in the name of)




The Howard Medal was established by the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1872 from a bequest of Thomas Howard, an investigator into steam technology. It is still awarded today, in the words of the Institution's website, "to the author of a Paper on any of the uses or properties of iron or steel or associated process development. (In modern practice, this is taken to mean any paper on structural engineering)." The current award however does not look like this piece, which is a bronze specimen of a proposed new design by Allan Gairdner Wyon. In the event the design was not adopted, making this piece a rare and attractive singleton.


History note: From the estate of the late Mrs Venetia M. Watson, daughter of the artist

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2005-01-31) by Watson, Philip Charles


Uncertain 1902 - 1962


Bronze specimen of unadopted design

Components of the work

Object composed of bronze Diameter 56 mm Die Axis 0 degrees Weight 85.65 g

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Vulcan, head bowed, right with chain and hammer over shoulder, inscription in margin below

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Tongs, retort and leaf-spray in centre field with inscription "THE / HOWARD / MEDAL" to left, inscription around in lined margin

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.20-2005
Primary reference Number: 156539
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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