David Gladfelter submitted these thoughts on the late Charles J. Ricard. Thanks!
Attached is a scan of a lovely book plate of “Charles Ricard” with a distinctly Canadian theme, and above it, his signature in pencil.
The TAMS Journal article referred to by David Alexander, illustrating the unique 1960 medal of Charles J. Ricard as Napoleon, was actually a special Journal issue published in 1972 about the life and work of the Rochester, New York, medallic engraver and sculptor Alphonse A. Kolb, M.A. and was written by Ricard himself. In it he writes, speaking of himself in the third person: “Due to his interest in Napoleonic medals, a special medal was engraved with a Napoleonic likeness, by Mr. Kolb, and was presented to Mr. Ricard in 1960.”
Kolb struck 51 of the 60 presidential medals of the Rochester Numismatic Association issued through 1972, including his self-portrait presidential medal in 1931. He also struck two A.N.A. convention badges, the 20th anniversary medal for the Buffalo Numismatic Association, and a variety of other medals including the 1934 centennial medal of the city of Rochester. Ricard's article also illustrates a number of Kolb's sculpted plaques, including a signed likeness of George Washington used by Bastian Brothers Co. of Rochester on 11 of their Washington Bicentennial medals. A full page photograph of Kolb's studio concludes the 56 page special issue.
Marc C. Ricard writes:
Thank you so much for the great memory of my father. You are correct, that is my father's book plate. He usually only plated his finest books, some of which are now in the libraries of noted numismatists. The bookplate itself depicts a French medallion of Louis XV. In the upper right corner is the Ricard family coat of arms, and a larger beaver lower left that reflects our French-Canadian heritage. The signature in the photo is not my father's, as it is missing the "Catholic cursive small r" which was clearly recognizable in all of his signatures.
David Gladfelter adds:
The medal on the book plate is Breton 513, of which 6 varieties were known to him, probably more today.
This particular book came to me via the library of Armand Champa, certainly a noted numismatist. It is a well-bound and serviceable copy of the American Numismatic Society's 1920 reprint of The State Coinages of New England (Connecticut by Miller, and Vermont and Massachusetts by Ryder). It lacks the 6 page addenda but I've laid that in. Your dad must have enjoyed colonials.
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
CHARLES J. RICARD (1930-2017)
REMEMBERING CHARLES J. RICARD
Wayne Homren, Editor
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