Charles Lucius Allen Medal1938
by VG

The medal's obverse bears bust of Allen, three quarters right. Around top, CHARLES LVCIVS ALLEN · MARCH 6.1938; in exergue, COMMEMORATING / FOVR SCORE YEARS / AS · PIONEER · LEADER · / COVNSELOR · / FRIEND ·; signed over exergue to right of bust, (VG monogram)

The reverse bears legend with some decorative elements. Around, NORTON COMPANY, WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, U.S.A.; in center field, CHARLES L. ALLEN / GENERAL MANAGER 1885 · 1933 / BOARD OF DIRECTORS ~ 1892 / SECRETARY 1892 ~ 1912 / TREASURER 1912 ~ 1919 / PRESIDENT 1919 ~ 1933 / CHAIRMAN 1933 ~

The Norton Emery Wheel Company was founded by Milton P. Higgins, George I. Alden, John Jeppsen, and Charles L. Allen. The quartet bought out the original founder Franklin Norton who had invented a grinding wheel that was far superior to competing products of the day and was in great demand due to booming railroad construction and related industries.

Under Allen's guidance the company grew dramatically and is still the world's largest manufacturer of abrasives. Norton was acquired by Compagnie de Saint-Gobain of France but remains a presence in Worcester.

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The circular medal measures 63.7mm in diameter and was struck in bronze by the L. G. Balfour Company of Attleboro, Massachusetts.