The April 2012 issue of The E-Gobrecht, the electronic newsletter of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club has an article by Len Augsburger where he announces his discovery of two archival items relating to U.S. Mint engraver Christian Gobrecht. With permission, here's an excerpt.
A recent research trip to Philadelphia uncovered
a new image of Christian Gobrecht, drawn
c. 1900 and based on a miniature of Gobrecht which
has appeared elsewhere (for example, in Gobrecht
Dollars Illustrated by the Collection of Julius Korein,
M.D., published by Heritage in 2009). A caption
reads "From a miniature in the possession of his
grandson, Chas. Gobrecht Darrach."
Darrach was a
grandson of Gobrecht who donated certain Gobrecht
papers to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in
Also found was a trade card of Christian Gobrecht,
with the inscription 'C. Gobrecht / Die
Sinker / and / Seal Engraver / 220 / Walnut St. /
Philadelphia." Gobrecht, in his pre-Mint days, engraved
dies used for embossing cards and book covers.
This, his personal calling card, is a skillful tribute
to the engraver. Illustrated here is the familiar
eagle with talons bearing arrows and leaves, all surrounded
by a glory (evocative of Gobrecht's 1836
pattern gold dollar and later essayed on the 1853 arrows
& rays coinage), while profiles of Lafayette
and Washington grace the lower portion of the card.
Gobrecht no doubt impressed many examples of this
trade card, presumably one is out there waiting for a
knowledgeable collector to find it!
Great sleuthing! There are many great items out there waiting to be found, but it takes someone with the initiative to actually go looking. Good work, Len!
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