SPRINGFIELD ARMORY SOUVENIR MEDALLION:
The National Armory in not surprisingly, was a major
fixture in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.
Generations of the same families had worked in the shops
and foundries for almost two centuries, and the roots in
the community at large, and in the neighborhood
immediately surrounding the armory were set deeply in
the homes, businesses, churches and cemeteries.
Periodically, the armory would hold “Open Houses” for
the public and provide guided tours of the shops and
grounds, and in the day, likely picnics accompanied by
entertainment from the Armory Band.
On these occasions, the armory shops would produce these
souvenir medallions which were given out to the
visitors. This particular medallion was struck to
commemorate such an open house held in May of 1958. It
measures 1 ½” in diameter and appears to be made of
aluminum. It is stamped “SPRINGFIELD ARMORY, MAY 1958”
on one side and the reverse is blank.
Found with the souvenir medallion is a second aluminum
tag measuring 1 ¼” in diameter and it is stamped “DEAD”
with the number “1316”. I have no idea what this tag
was for, but it is of the type used to mark keys, watch
stations, or fire fighting apparatus racks.
Unfortunately that information is lost to history.
Unusual pieces of memorabilia from the famous
Springfield Armory which will be interesting
conversation pieces to add to your collection. Both
tags are included in this offering.