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The E-Sylum (3/5/2017)

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In an email exchange this week, several folks speculated about the origin of a bronze plaque removed from a bank in Maryland. Thanks to Pat McBride for bringing this to The E-Sylum. email exchange -Editor

Liberty Trust Company plaque closeup head

Liberty Trust Company plaque front Liberty Trust Company plaque back

Alan Stullenbarger of writes:

The plaque was removed from the Liberty Trust Company of Maryland building in Cumberland MD. The building is still in use today, not as a bank. It weighs about 8 pounds and measures about 12 inches in diameter and is about 1/2 an inch thick on the rim. The 4 holes on the back were used to fasten the plaque to the building. I believe this was their logo as I have seen the design on other items from the bank.

Liberty Trust Company logo

Rich Jewell writes:

I have a couple of guesses, but I'm not certain.(A.A. Weinman or Hans Schuler)

Dick Johnson writes:

Liberty Trust Company of Maryland There is strong possibility this bronze cast is a rejected design for the U.S. quarter dollar. Without a monogram or initials it is impossible to accurately identify the artist. My only suggestion is to search U,S, Mint records for that period with the hope there exists some reference to identify it. These records are in the National Archives in Philadelphia, Record Group 104.

Rejected designs were returned to the artist and were seldom destroyed, but come on the market usually when the artist estate was dispersed. It would not be unusual for such art work to end up on a bank wall.

Many thanks to Alan for the great images. My guess is that the plaque was commissioned specifically for the Liberty Trust Company, and it may well have been done by Weinman. It will be interesting to see where this line of research leads. Thoughts, readers? -Editor
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