Pavilion Gallery -
Americana Art & Antiques
Roderic H. Blackburn
17 Broad Street,
Kinderhook NY 12106
518 758-1788 email@example.com
See our medals for sale on these pages
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for detailed photos of any medals you are interested in, cite inventory
primarily US Mint medals of the 19th
century commemorating victorious commanders in the Revolution, Barbary
War, War of 1812 and the Mexican War. While struck in gold and silver,
most are copper with a special bronze patina from the US Mint,
Philadelphia. They were struck in small numbers (1 for gold, a few in
silver and scores to hundreds in bronzed copper). As such these are
rare. Recognized as Emblems of Honor, they are fine examples of the
medallic art and are usually in fine condition as they have been
collector's items from the beginning.
For a full discussion
see Roderic H. Blackburn: "Emblems
of Honor, Congressional medals of war and peace" The Magazine Antiques.
Vol CLXII, No.1 July 2002, p.82-89. Ask us for an emailed copy.
those which are "bronzed copper" are medals struck in copper then fired
with a usually darker patina. The
bronze patina varies considerably
and that was the case when they were patinized. Some are almost orange
and bright, others are "chocolate" dark brown, others are "mahogany" a
red brown, and still others are close to tan, lighter or
darker. Over time some medals may experience a partial loss of patina
or become blemished by spots of corrosion, such as a dark green
verdigis spots. Most are 57-64mmm or larger than 2" diameter.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR COLLECTION, RECENTLY SOLD
(click above for current stock)
M0625. Extremely rare English George III silver
peace medal for North American use. Medium size 2.25 "
(58 mm) diam, medal (Adams 8.1, first of two
states). Date: 1776-1800.Until this one was recently recorded only
seven of the first state of the medium size medal were known.
Bust of George III and His coat of arms. Made in
three sizes, this is the rare medium size. Silver peace
medals were presented by representatives of sovereigns (English French,
Spanish) to Native American chiefs to influence their loyalty. Found in
Mohawk Valley. See my article on "Emblems of Honor, Congressional
Medals of War and Peace", Magazine Antiques , July 2002. SOLD
M0002 General George Washington (Before Boston) 65
Bronzed copper MI-1 1890-92 (4th state)US Mint. Uncirculated condition.
Very small spots on obverse, small nick in reverse field, overall in
fine condition. $850. In Latin: "The American Congress to George
Washington, Commander-in-Chief of the armies, the defender of liberty."
The evacuation of Boston by the British: The American army advancing
towards the city, seen at a distance, while the enemy retreats to the
vessels. In the foreground, General Washington on horseback, in a group
of officers, to whom he points out the fleeing enemy. In Latin: "The
enemy put to flight for the first time - Boston retaken, March 17,
1776." Duvivier/ Charles Barber U.S. Mint SOLD
M0051 Lieut.‑General Francois Louis Tessiedre
DeFleury, 47mm Bronzed
copper, MI‑4 1780, Two working/
trial half strike
proofs in copper of the dies. See Carl Zigrosser article on similar
proofs from this series. Excellent. Each with a small hole at
to hang the piece.
Mars on the ruins of the fort treading on the
flag which he has wrestled off, and raising the sword with which he had
vanquished the enemies who had oppressed his conquest. In Latin: "A
memorial and reward for bravery and boldness ‑ The American Republic
presented this award to M. de Fleury, a French officer, who as the
first scaled the walls." The fort of Stony Point and
enemy's vessels on the river below it. In Latin: "Fortifications,
marches, and the enemy overcome ‑Stony Point taken by assault, July
15th, 1779" Du Vivier U. S.
Mint (Phila.) SOLD
M0020 Commodore Edward
Preble, 64mm Bronzed
copper, NA‑3 1884‑1893 Uncirc.
bright finish [Edward Preble, the valiant commander
the American Congress] [To the avenger of
commerce] [Off Tripoli 1804] "reproduction 1884"
Reich U. S. Mint, Phila. SOLD
War of 1812
M0008 Colonel George Croghan,
copper, MI‑12 c. 1885‑90 Exceptional uncirculated
condition, with field in original brilliant orange mahogany
color "PRESENTED BY CONGRESS TO COLONEL GEORGE
1835" with best to right. "FURST. F." between bust and date. Based on a
miniature furnished by Croghan. English troops
American fort to right. "PARS MAGNA FUIT [HIS SHARE WAS GREAT]" above
and "SANDUSKY 2: AUGUST. 1813" in exergue. "FURST. F." at lower edge.
Based on a design by Lt. Washington Hood. Moritz
Furst U.S. Mint SOLD
M0026 Lieutenant Stephen
Cassin, 65mm Bronzed
copper, NA‑8 1878‑1893 Uncirc. Rich
brilliant [Stephen Cassin, Commander of the Ticonderoga. What
region on earth is not full of our works] [Beaten on one side, he
fearlessly turns the other] [Between the American and British fleets
September 11, 1814]. "C.B." Moritz Furst
U. S. Mint,
M0030 Captain Isaac Hull, 65mm
copper, NA‑12 19th c. Uncirc. a lovely dark mahogany patina
some original brilliance showing. A fine specimen. The bust of Capt.
Hull facing left. [Isaac Hull conquers in July 1812 the skilled by
stratagem (and) in August the powerful in battle], reference to two
incidents: the escape from a British squadron, and the conquest of the
Guerriere. The ships in engagement. [Victory in the space of
hour] [Between the American ship Constitution and the English vessel
Guerriere] John Reich U. S. Mint,
Commemorative US Medals, 19th c
M0054 Washington Cabinet 1860,
copper, MT‑23 1860‑92 Uncirculated, fine
Slight rub to Washington's hair. Nice mahogany
"GEORGE WASHINGTON BORN FEB. 22 1732. DIED DEC. 14 1799." "PAQUET F."
Bust portrait after Houdon facing viewer's
"WASHINGTON CABINET OF MEDALS, U.S. MINT / INAUGURATED FEB. 22 1860."
Image of the trapazoidal medals cabinet, with Washington bust on top,
incircled in a baluster rail. Paquet U. S. Mint SOLD
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