Back in 2009, Dick Johnson wrote:
I just finished an article on Salathiel Ellis, the cameo engraver who modeled four presidents (Fillmore, Pierce, Buchanan and Lincoln) for the Indian Peace Medal Series and two medals for the Military Series (Scott and Taylor) among others. These were all struck at the Philadelphia Mint.
Does anyone have an illustration -- or the actual item -- of any cameo portraits he prepared over his career in the 1840s to 1860s? Georgia Chamberlain illustrated two of these in plaster and a separate illustration of Gilbert Stuart in her book, American Medals and Medallists. Are there any others?
Scott Miller writes:
I recently came across this image of a cameo of President Polk by Ellis, and thought it might be worth sharing.
Cameos were a favorite form of jewelry. This example features a cameo portrait of President Polk made by Salathiel Ellis in 1847. The gold chased mounting is by Alexander & Counts.
Thank you! Great piece of artwork. I've forwarded this to Dick Johnson.
To read the complete article (scroll down to see the cameo), see:
Fashion and Frugality
first lady sarah polk
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
QUERY: SALATHIEL ELLIS PORTRAITS, CAMEOS SOUGHT
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