Dick Johnson submitted the following follow-up on his recent query. -Editor I wish to publically thank author-researcher Michael Reed for responding to my query in last week's E-Sylum. I had asked for any lead to cameo sculptures by an obscure but very talented artist who had furnished the U.S. Mint with cameo portraits in the mid 19th century.
Michael responded. "I saw your query regarding Salathiel Ellis cameos," he wrote. "and immediately thought of the Preston King (1806-1865) memorial stone found in the Ogdensburg Cemetery in Ogdensburg, New York. It contains a wonderful marble cameo of Preston by Ellis. I've attached an image for your reference."
I would have never come across such an image or monument in all my searching and researching. Michael had been researching artist Sally James Farnham and had come across this tombstone on a visit to that cemetery. Isn't that serendipity?
It also proves the depth of knowledge and wide experience of E-Sylum readers. Bless you all.
Now since Michael responded to my request, I would like to give something back to the field in return. If you have any question in three areas of my expertise, please send on your inquiry. I will attempt to answer any question on: One, American medals and medallists of the 19th and 20th century [no appraisals, however]. Second is coin and medal technology of a similar time period -- how something was made, for instance.
The third area is future coins. This is tough to research, obviously, but I have given it a lot of thought. It is more than speculation, it is based on current trends and emerging technology. Project these into the future and you have some insight what future coins will be.
And if I can answer your question, thank Michael Reed. He answered mine. Thanks again Michael! Contact anytime: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wayne Homren, Editor
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