Mount Vernon Gem
Original Author: James Crutchett, American Bank Note Company, engraver, Horace Barnes and Company, etcher
Created: 1859
Medium: Ink on paper, glass, wood frame, Steel engraving

Mount Vernon Gem

This is a commemorative medallion, called a “Mount Vernon gem,” that was made in 1859 by a vendor named James Crutchett. The “gem” features an engraving of George Washington in the foreground with scenery from Mount Vernon in the background. The medallion’s wooden frame was carved from trees cut from Mount Vernon’s grounds; Crutchett had an agreement with Mount Vernon’s owner, John Augustine Washington III, that gave him exclusive rights to timber from the estate. Crutchett donated a tenth of the proceeds from every “gem” to the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.