Medal celebrating the Temperance Declaration, England, 1833-1870

Made:
1833-1870 in England
artist:
Ottley
White  metal medal commemorating The Temperence Society founded in 1833. Designed by Ottley, English, 1833-1870. Black White  metal medal commemorating The Temperence Society founded in 1833. Designed by Ottley, English, 1833-1870. Black

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White metal medal commemorating The Temperence Society founded in 1833. Designed by Ottley, English, 1833-1870. Black
Science Museum Group Collection
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White metal medal commemorating The Temperence Society founded in 1833. Designed by Ottley, English, 1833-1870. Black
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Circular white metal medal, commemorates The Temperance Society founded in 1833, designed by Ottley, English 1833-1870

The Temperance, or ‘teetotal’, movement was popular in the 1800s in both the United States and Europe. Alcohol (the ‘demon’ drink) was considered to be the cause of social disruption and ill health among individuals and families, and some religious groups wanted to ban it all together. This medal celebrates the new Temperance Declaration instituted in 1833.

Engraved on to the medal is the declaration of members of the Temperance Society: “We agree to abstain from all intoxicating liquors except for medical purposes and religious ordinances.” The other side shows a man and a woman holding flags proclaiming “Sobriety” and “Domestic Comfort”. The medal was engraved by Thomas Ottley, who was based in Birmingham.

Details

Category:
Wellcome Medals
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A677149
type:
medal
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication