Jeff Shevlin writes:
The Heeren Brothers Columbian Shield advertisement in last week's edition featured in the center pictured below it, a so-called dollar HK 222. That medal is attributed to Wilheim Mayer of Stuttgart, Germany. I find it curious it is depicted on the Heeren Brothers advertisement. Perhaps the attribution in H&K to Wilheim Mayer in Germany is incorrect?
Well, Heeren was a big operation, and they may not have done all the work in-house. It could well be that they produced and sold the medals, but farmed the engraving out to others such as Wilheim Mayer. I found a Heritage listing and the initials W.M. are on the obverse at the truncation of Miss Liberty's neck, so that's probably where that attribution came from. Below are images of the medal and the relevant portion of the Heeren advertisement.
Well, Heeren was a big operation, but
I find it unlikely that a large Pittsburgh-based operation would use engravers overseas in Germany, due to the logistics, timelines, costs, etc. Is it possible that the signature W M on the HK 222 medal being advertised by Heeren Brothers does not mean Wilheim Mayer?
A Newman Portal search helped me find a possibly relevant reference here in The E-Sylum - a 2016 submission by Paul Benner of Savannah, GA regarding the Columbian Shield.
It was created by my great great grandfather Frederick Mayer, a noted Pittsburgh artist and sculptor. The shield was indeed sold by Heeren Brothers of Pittsburgh. The shield was cast by Mayer's brothers who had a foundry in Stuttgart Germany.
So... the shields were created by Frederick Mayer and made in Germany. Was Wilheim Mayer related to Frederick Mayer?
To read the complete lot description, see:
1892 Liberty Head High Relief Columbian Exposition Dollar PR67 Ultra Cameo NGC. HK-222. One of the finest engraved pieces st..
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
ANOTHER COLUMBIA SHIELD LOCATED
HEEREN BROTHERS COLUMBIAN SHIELD ADVERTISEMENT
Wayne Homren, Editor
The Numismatic Bibliomania Society is a non-profit organization
promoting numismatic literature. See our web site at coinbooks.org.
To submit items for publication in The E-Sylum, write to the Editor
at this address: email@example.com
To subscribe go to: https://my.binhost.com/lists/listinfo/esylum
Copyright © 1998 - 2012 The Numismatic Bibliomania Society (NBS)
All Rights Reserved.
NBS Home Page
Contact the NBS webmaster