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    Impressive Pair of Theodore Roosevelt Plaques

    Pair of Theodore Roosevelt Plaques. A very interesting pair of plaques that should be worthy of consideration by a wide range of bidders. Roosevelt is primarily known to numismatists because of his personal involvement in the manufacture of the ten and twenty dollar gold pieces of 1907, but these plaques demonstrate his enduring popularity as a national leader.
    The first piece is a scarce small variety galvano from 1920. Designed by James Earl Fraser. 9 11/16 x 7 1/2 inches (24.6 x 19.8 cm). Copper silverplate backed with lead. Portrait facing right with a three-line inscription: AGGRESSIVE FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHT IS THE NOBLEST SPORT THE WORLD AFFORDS. This quote is attributed to Roosevelt during his tenure as New York Police Commissioner (1895-1897). This small-sized piece is several times scarcer than the large format foundry cast issued by Decorative Arts League, NYC. Made by the electrogalvanic process by Medallic Art Company (but unsigned). The silverplate is slightly yellowed. The back has two screws and a wire hanger.
    The second piece in this impressive lot is a large plaque that is attributed to G.M. Sander (?), circa 1900. 13 x 7 1/2 inches (33 x 19.2 cm). Cast bronze. The portrait faces left with an 11-line quote below. While not a particularly well-known quote, it summarizes Roosevelt's beliefs: I WISH TO PREACH NOT TO THE DOCTRINE OF IGNOBLE EASE BUT THE DOCTRINE OF STRENUOUS LIFE, THE LIFE OF TOIL AND EFFORT, OF LABOR AND STRIFE; TO PREACH THAT HIGHEST FORM OF SUCCESS THAT COMES, NOT TO THE MAN WHO DESIRES MERE EASE AND PEACE, BUT TO HIM WHO DOES NOT SHRINK FROM DANGER, HARDSHIP, OR BITTER TOIL, AND WHO, OUT OF THESE, WINS THE SPLENDID ULTIMATE TRIUMPH. Signed below. Two supporting brackets are on the bottom with stars and stripes motif. Hanger and ring on the back. Dark brown patina.


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    October, 2006
    24th-26th Tuesday-Thursday
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