Australia Victoria Melbourne
Medal - Roman Catholic Total Abstinence Pledge c. 1877 (AD)
Mint: Stokes & Martin
Previous Collections: George McArthur
Other Details: This gilt medal represents a promise of abstinence from intoxicating drinks offered under Rev. P. Hennebery around 1885. The medal is holed and was probably originally worn on a ribbon through a loop in the hole. It features the Temperence Arms and pledge.
A gilt medal (31mm diameter) holed and probably originally worn on a ribbon through a loop in the hole. It features the Temperence Arms and the pledge.
At centre the Temperance movement Arms, a shield bearing a lamb advancing left holding a flag over its shoulder above the letters IHS, supported by a man on left holding a flag bearing the word SOBRIETY and a woman on right bearing a flag with the words DOMESTIC COMFORT; above shield a radiate cross on three steps with angels flying right and left crowning man and woman with wreaths; below shield two children kneel; around above, IN HOC SIGNO VINCES; around below, FRUITS OF TEMPERANCE; on ribbon below shield, HAPPINESS
At centre a cross radiate in angles with the words, I PROMISE / TO / ABSTAIN / FROM ALL / INTOXICATING DRINKS / EXCEPT USED MEDICINALLY / & BY ORDER OF A MEDICAL MAN / & TO DISCOUNTENANCE / THE / CAUSE & / PRACTICE / OF INTEMP- / ERANCE; around above, ROMAN CATHOLIC TOTAL ABSTINENCE PLEDGE; around below, GIVEN BY REV. P. HENNEBERY; in the angles of the cross, FOR THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), George McArthur, 15 Mar 1976
circa 1885 AD
Obverse: IN HOC SI[G]NO VINCES FRUITS OF TEMPERANCE HAPPINESS IHS Reverse: ROMAN CATHOLIC TOTAL ABSTINENCE PLEDGE GIVEN BY REV. P. HENNEBERY FOR THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD I PROMISE TO ABSTAIN FROM ALL INTOXICATING DRINKS EXCEPT USED MEDICINALLY & BY ORDER OF A MEDICAL MAN & TO DISCOUNTENANCE THE CAUSE & PRACTICE OF INTEMPERANCE
Type of item
31 mm (Outside Diameter), 13.12 g (Weight)
Round with hole