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Session 2, Lot 67

Estimate: 500 USD   |   Starting price: 1 USD Price realized: 3'600 USD
Adolph Alexander Weinman Medals
Exquisite Silver Galvano Plaque of The Charge by A.A. Weinman
Probably Unique
1909 Baltimore Civil War Monument Galvano Plaque also known as The Charge.  Silver.  5 1/8” x 7 1/8” x 1/4”. By A. A. Weinman. Mint State. 486.5 grams (15.64 oz. troy).
This bas-relief is an exact galvanic reduction made by Medallic Art Company founding brothers Henri and Felix Weil of the bas-relief design found on the 12' high pedestal of the Maryland Union Soldiers and Sailors Monument located in Wyman Park in Baltimore. It is one of a pair of reliefs on that monument (the other depicting a naval scene) and depicts a cavalry charge in intricate detail, the horses in full gallop, the cavalry with swords and pistols drawn, with infantry and gunners close behind, and the artist's signature A.A. Weinman Fecit MCMIX at lower right, all set in a plinth with subtly curved top. Weinman, a renowned sculptor best known in numismatic circles for his 1916 designs for the "Mercury" dime and Walking Liberty half dollar and its later derivatives, has ably captured the momentary tension and movement of the cavalry's charge. The design details are at once intricate yet soft, a dichotomy perhaps emphasized in this handheld reduction from the much larger composition on the monument.

The surfaces are pristine and boasting a finely textured, brushed silver patina that has been well kept since it was produced in 1909. A few nicks in the rims are as-made, as they are beneath the fine patina on this plaque. The back includes two screw mounts attached to a sturdy metal hanger, and the back's surface displays the sunken areas of the design and the rough silver nodules created by the electrotyping process from which galvanos are formed. According to PCAC's 2013 auction offering of this piece, silver galvanos are very rare, with only such artists as Victor David Brenner and Weinman having made them circa 1900. Weinman himself exhibited a bronze version of this plaque mounted on wood at the 1910 International Exhibition of Contemporary Medals held by the American Numismatic Society, and a bronze version of the naval plaque from the Maryland Union Soldiers and Sailors Monument was given to the ANS by Weinman's son, Robert A. Weinman, also a noted sculptor. This silver plaque also entered the numismatic marketplace via Robert, so one might assume that a silver version of the naval plaque also must exist and all are apparently unique in each metal. This exquisite plaque of a Civil War cavalry charge will appeal to many cross sections of art and numismatics-enthusiasts of militaria, weapons, horses, the Civil War, Maryland numismatics, and famous coin sculptors will all take notice when this lot falls under the auctioneer's hammer.

Made by Henri and Felix Weil for the artist, and inherited by his son Robert A. Weinman in 1952; purchased by Dick Johnson in 1979; Presidential Coin & Antique Company's sale of the Dick Johnson Collection of Galvanos, Models and Dies for Medallic Art, December 4, 2004, lot 608; Marc McDonald; Presidential Coin & Antique Company's Sale #83, June 22, 2013, lot 426; Hal Webber; Marc Senoyuit II Esq. via Presidential Coin & Antique Company on November 1, 2014. Loaned by Senoyuit for display by the Bucks County Civil War Round Table in 2015. Upon request, the buyer will receive a dossier of info about the plaque as well as a custom wood box made by consignor.

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