I was told that this plaque hung on the walls of the American Embassy in London for over a hundred years and then was sold off. It was on a dealer's wall for over 20 years before I was finally able to buy it from him. It is one of the favourite pieces in my collection, but since we downsized a few years ago, we have nowhere to hang it. It is huge in a handsomely heavy carver wooden frame, heck the frame itself would be almost impossible to duplicate today. Under Grant's bust is 'Designed & Erected by W Miller June 29, 1869.
Each of the heads of Washington - the Father, Lincoln - the Savior and U.S. grant the Custodian are full life sized. There are four known examples, but this is the only complete example known. Two of the others are in the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. It measures a huge 90cm by 90cm or 36 inches by 30 inches.
Is anyone familiar with W Miller or this item? Wow - a full three feet across!