Inscription: [on top in shaded Gothic]: The City of New York to Cyrus. W. Field. [arms of New York and Harbor Scene]
[in scroll below arms of New York]: IN COMMEMORATION OF
[on underside]: [arms of United States and arms of United Kingdom]
[on underside of cover in shaded Gothic]: The City of New York to Cyrus W Field / Commemorating his Skill Fortitude and Perseverance / in Originating and Completing / the First Enterprise for an Ocean Telegraph / successfully accomplished on the 5[superscript "th" over __] August 1858. / Uniting Europe and America.