Philip Mernick writes:
Richard Lobel’s latest issue of The Phoenix is offering two LARGE medallic items from his own collection. I attach a scan in case they are of interest to The E-Sylum.
Lobel is an American-born dealer operating a coin shop in London near the British Museum. His house organ, The Phoenix, offers a very eclectic array of numismatic items together with interesting stories about them.
Lobel's descriptive text is as follows:
Columbian Exhibition Plaque 1892, for the 400th Anniversary of Christopher Columbus finding the Americas. The Columbian Exhibition was held in Chicago in 1892 and this plaque was no doubt a show stopper with the American Eagle on top. It was the front cover piece in a Sotheby auction held in New York City about 15 years ago. It is inset with copper medallions, I believe that the metal used was a silver plate. From the workmanship, it looks like it might have been made in Germany as a center piece of the Exhibition.
It measures 90cm by 75cmor 36 inches by 29 1/2 inches. It is the only example that I have ever seen, there may be others but I have never seen one. Superb quality and Very Rare.
This appears to be an example of what I've heard called a "Columbian Shield". If I remember correctly it was made by Heeren Brothers of Pittsburgh.
An Internet search uncovered a reference to "A 11 by 15 inch 1893 Illustrated advertisement for Columbian Medals and Shields from the Heeren Brothers & Company Of Pittsburg Pa" (but no image, unfortunately).
Can anyone confirm this? Anyone have more information on these shields?
Wayne Homren, Editor
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