This extremely rare, 1-of-a-kind, Samuel Wylie Miller Memorial Medal was made by Tiffany & Co., in solid 14 karat gold, and was presented to John J. Chyle in 1954 for his exceptional technological advancements in the field of science and welding.
John J. Chyle became head of welding electrode research at A.O. Smith Corp. in 1926. By 1936, he was Director of Welding Research. He invented and patented several welding electrodes and welding processes, including the first extruded all-position type of electrode in 1927. This original electrode was of the cellulosic titanium dioxide type, which is now classified as the E6010 type. Chyle's techniques were used extensively in World War II during the production of aircraft landing gears, torpedo airflasks, as well as bombs. Chyle became the President of the American Welding Society (AWS) from 1956 - 1957.
The very attractive obverse features a welder's torch crossed with a lightning bolt and outer wreath border. Text reads "The Samuel Wylie Miller Memorial Medal".
The reverse side of the medal is hand-engraved with the following: "Awarded to John J. Chyle whose outstanding leadership in science has conspicuously advanced the art of welding and cutting - 1954", and is signed "Tiffany & Co".
The medal is also hallmarked "14KT Gold" on the bottom rim.
Close-up shot of the purity hallmark on the rim of the medal
Tiffany & Co. signature beneath the hand-engraved date.