A gorgeous badge ID’d to a soldier who later served in the 11th Mass. Light Artillery.
“Presented to George W. Booth, by the Sergeants of the Boston Lt. Artillery for the 2nd best shot. October 15th 1857.,” reads this fine engraving on a silver prize medal he received in the few years just prior to the Civil War.
The shield shaped medal has a swinging bale, that may have been intended to suspend from watch fob or chain.
George W. Booth resided in Watertown, Massachusetts, and was a 35 year old salesman who enlisted on August 25, 1862 as 1st Sergeant in the Massachusetts 11th Light Artillery, completing his term of service on June 16, 1865. During the war he rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
The silver medal is 65mm high, and in fine condition.
A nice bonus with this piece; it was illustrated in the book by William Emerson, Markmanship in the U.S. Army, A History of Medals, Shooting Programs, and Training, page 71 along with photo in the color spread.
A fabulous, quality piece.