This ribbon came in its original box (tissue papers and all). The box has had a rough life - but it has done its job very well and the contents have been well protected.
The box is addressed to the recipient:
I had a bit of a problem deciphering the handwriting - but after staring at it long enough I figured it out. The recipient is Joseph F. Barnard - Supreme Court Justice, State of New York, 2nd Department (served 1862-1893 - forced to retire due to age).
It wasn't a Veteran's name - which is what I expected - but it was a great ID!
Inside the box was a small envelope. In that envelope was a small circular from the organizing committee for the monument. That was cool enough, but when I turned it over - I found:
It didn't take me long to figure out that A.B. Smith was Alfred Baker Smith - a Major in the Regiment at Gettysburg - and later Colonel of the Regiment. Oh, and also a member of the organizing committee for the monument dedication.
I can't believe my luck in adding this piece to my collection. A rare Gettysburg Monument dedication ribbon - presented to a New York Supreme Court Justice (the presiding Judge at the time of this dedication BTW), and presented by the Colonel of the Regiment with his personal invite.
I hope you enjoy looking at this as much as I do every time I walk in and see it sitting on the shelf.
Edited by SCF-Collector, 18 April 2012 - 01:20 PM.