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Framed Bronze Columbus Plaque Circa 1890's
This is an old bronze plaque of Christopher Columbus with a round lathe-turned walnut wood frame. This is a circular bronze with the image of Columbus in the center. The Frame measures 8 & 1/2" in diameter and is over 1" deep and the Plaque measures 6" in diameter. Both the Frame and the Plaque are in excellent condition. The plaque has a nice patina and is quite heavy, weighing 2.580 lbs. This piece has the name of Columbus. The frame has a high molding that allows the bronze to be set deeply; giving some dimension. This Plaque is fastened with 1 visible small nail that goes through the back. The patina on the metal looks to be old and original. There are numerous holes on the back of the Frame, but does not appear to have small nails or small screws inserted in them. The metal plaque appears to be pressed out of heavy bronze sheet as opposed to solid cast. The quality and detail are quite good. There is some expected wear to the high spots of the wood frame but no damage. It is possible that this Plaque was a Souvenir Piece of the Columbian World's Fair in Chicago in 1891, as Christopher Columbus is the subject.
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Kathy & Jim Hill, Portland, OR
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