Silver Virginia State Seal Medallion from the John Ford Collection....
Symbolic of Virginia pride and individualism, these pendants would be worn by men and women alike during the war. Cast in bas-relief, the silver oval depicts the Roman goddess Virtus standing atop the figure of tyranny who lies beneath her foot with his crown knocked off. With a sword in her right hand and a spear in her left, the semi-nude Virtus is wearing warrior attire. The oval is surrounded on the three sides by the state's Latin motto, Sic Semper Tyrannis, translated to "thus always to tyrants" referring to the death of the tyrant under Virtus' feet.
This medallion shows some grime that has accumulated over time, but the overall condition of the piece is excellent.
Provenance: John Ford; The Tharpe Collection of American Military History
Service and Handling Description: Miscellaneous Collectibles, Small (view shipping information)