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Building Toward Unity

1952 Karl H. Gruppe Born: Rochester, New York 1893 Died: Southold, New York 1982 Medallic Art Company (Founder) Society of Medallic Arts (Commissioner) bronze 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle 1972.167.29 Not currently on view


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Karl H. Gruppe’s medal honors the founding of the Boy Scouts in 1910. On the obverse side, a bald eagle carries a linked chain, symbolizing the teamwork enacted by the scouts on the reverse side. Their collaborative effort, in turn, is based on the patriotism embodied in the eagle.

Keywords

Animal - bird - eagle

Figure group - male

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

relief

About Karl H. Gruppe

Born: Rochester, New York 1893 Died: Southold, New York 1982

About Medallic Art Company

About Society of Medallic Arts