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The E-Sylum: Volume 23, Number 36, September 6, 2020, Article 12

NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: SEPTEMBER 6, 2020

Charles T. Steigerwalt Gravestone
Charles T. Steigerwalt gravestone Kerry Wetterstrom of Lancaster, PA writes:

"I read the note about Charles T. Steigerwalt in the latest E-Sylum, and thought I would share his gravestone with you. I was at Woodward Hill Cemetery last year, looking for another historical figure's grave from Lancaster's past, when I saw Steigerwalt's grave, which is close to that of President James Buchanan."

Thanks! With Kerry's permission I've shared this with John Lupia as well. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
CHARLES TRISSLER STEIGERWALT (1858-1912) (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n35a17.html)

Brenner's Three-Dimensional Sculptures
Scott Miller writes:

"I read last week’s E-Sylum and noticed your mention of "the only three-dimensional work of Victor D. Brenner". In fact, Brenner created quite a number of busts and other statues, though I do not know of any others on such a large scale as the Schenley Fountain."

Victor David Brenner bust of Samuel P. Avery, Jr. Victor David brenner bust of Charles Eliot Norton Victor David Brenner bust of Isaac Drummond

Samuel P. Avery, Jr.
Brooklyn Museum
https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/156

Charles Eliot Norton
Fogg Museum
https://www.harvardartmuseums.org/collections/object/232267?position=4

Isaac Drummond
New York Historical Society
https://www.nyhistory.org/exhibit/isaac-wyman-drummond-1855-1933

I stand corrected. Thank you. I've seen the fountain described as Brenner's only "monumental three-dimensional work", and I guess with that qualifier it's true. -Editor

Regarding sculptures by coin designers, Tony Terranova writes:

"Garrett has found one of the more interesting facts regarding the designers of our coinage. A little study reveals how many of them were very serious American artists. You're correct!! The subject would make a really cool book !! A lot of the info has been included in many references already written."

Tony also shared this medal by Peace dollar designer Anthony DeFrancisi. Thanks. "It’s uniface and done by Medalic Art Co." -Editor

Charles Frederick Rand medal

Medal awarded to Charles Frederick Rand for Excellence in Mine Administration by his friend Anthony de Francisi (designer of Peace declaration).
Bronze 1924
Larger Bronze Version in Smithsonian

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
SCULPTURES BY U.S. COIN DESIGNERS (https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n35a20.html)

1865 Grand Review of the Armies Medal

1865-Grand-Review-Of-The-Armies-obv 1865-Grand-Review-Of-The-Armies-rev

Jonathan Brecher writes:

"This small silver medal has no legends of any sort on either side. The Newman Numismatic Portal is a great resource… but not so great when there is no text to search for!

"The quality of the engraving is maybe best described as "charming", likely not the efforts of a master engraver. On the other hand, there is a lot of detail crammed into a very small space (26.0 mm, 14.1 g). The two horsemen in the foreground are in such high relief that they rise well above the height of the rims. Given all of that, I took a hunch that this was produced for a specific event that would have been recognized at the time, even without legends.

"I got lucky with a Google image search. The event shown on this medal was the Grand Review of the Armies, held at the conclusion of the Civil War on May 23-24, 1865.

"And that's all I've got. This medal might be contemporary with the 1865 event. Or it might have been produced later, for example in conjunction with a GAR encampment held in Washington. Or maybe something else.

"Does any reader have any other information about this medal?"

Grand Review of the Armies at the end of the Civil War

To see the lithograph image:
Grand Review of the Armies at the end of the Civil War (https://www.northwindprints.com/civil-war-us/evcw2a-00013-5879635.html?prodid=81514)

Interesting piece with great detail. I've never seen one before. Can any readers help? Thanks. -Editor

Biblical-Era Palace Remains Discovered in Israel
Aaron Oppenheim writes:

"Archaeologists in Israel have uncovered parts of elaborate columns from an ancient royal structure in Jerusalem.??????? In this image, an Israeli five-shekel coin is shown against the background of the capital discovered."

Israeli five-shekel coin showing column capital

Thanks. See the article for more. -Editor

To read the complete article, see:
Mysterious remains of 'magnificent' Biblical-era palace discovered in Israel (https://www.foxnews.com/science/mysterious-remnants-magnificent-biblical-era-palace-discovered-israel)

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