The only other one of these plaques known to exist is in the Mystic Seaport Museum of America and the Sea.
Made of solid bronze with a silver-plating, this wall plaque was made circa 1914 for the MIDDLE STATES REGATTA ASSOCIATION. It commemorates the 100 years of the group...1814 - 1914.
The plaque is made with an ornate crest frame that measures 11 1/2 by 10 inches. It's about 7/8 inch thick. The center features the American flag enameled on copper. Some of the enameling has come off and someone tried to paint in the stripes. A medallion profile of Francis Scott Key is next to the flag. The bottom is engraved...MIDDLE STATES REGATTA ASSOCIATION with maker's mark below...HEER SCHOFIELD CO./ BALTO. (They were silversmiths, specializing in repousse flatware and hollowware.)
The plaque shows age appropriate wear/tarnish to the silver-plate and the above-mentioned damage to the flag enameling. In light of the age and public display of this plaque, it's still in very good antique condition. It's solid and heavy (about 4 pounds). There are holes at sides for hanging.
This is a rare piece made to commemorate the popular boating regattas that were a big part of the Victorian era.
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