This is a solid brass plaque or paperweight that was issued in 1926 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the first successful trip made in America by a steam locomotive - the "Stourbridge Lion," the first train engine of the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company, which was the earliest ancestor of the Delaware & Hudson Railroad, that is still in operation today.
CONDITION is lovely,with the warm, deep golden glow that old brass takes on over many years. There are a few very light surface bumps and dings from use, but NO twists, gouges or deep nicks. The impressed details are crystal-clear sharp.
SIZE: For its size, this weighs an amazing 10 ounces! Dimensions are 2-1/2 inches wide, 4 inches long and a full 1/4 inch thick.
We do have more than one of these commemoratives available; but as the years go by, fewer and fewer are readily found. For a D&H railway fan, this is a must-have to add to a collection.
FROM WIKIPEDIA: One of the first railroads in the United States, the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company was originally chartered in 1823 to build and operate canals between New York City and the coal fields around Carbondale, Pennsylvania. The Stourbridge Lion was a railroad steam locomotive. It was the first to be operated in the United States, and one of the first locomotives to operate outside Britain. It takes its name from the lion's face painted on the front, and Stourbridge in England, where it was manufactured by the firm Foster, Rastrick and Company in 1829. The locomotive, obtained by the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company, was shipped to New York, where it was tested raised on blocks. It was then taken to Honesdale, Pennsylvania for testing on the company's newly built track.
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