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101872 | UNITED STATES & GERMANY. World's Fair bronze Plaque.

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    101872  |  UNITED STATES & GERMANY. St. Louis, Missouri. Louisiana Purchase International Exposition bronze award Plaque. Issued 1904. Engraved and presented to Johann Friedrich Bremermann, shipping merchant and director of Norddeutschen Lloyd (75x112 mm, 12h). By P. Breuer.


    ARTA ARTIS VINCULA (narrow are the shackles of your craft), personification of America seated right, clasping hands with and presenting olive branch to personification of Germany seated left; "F. BREMERMANN" engraved within rectangular cartouche above / ZUR ERINNERUNG / AN DEUTSCHLANDS / BETEILIGUNG AN / DER WELTAUSSTEL / LUNG IN ST. LOUIS / MCMIV (in commemoration of the German participation in the World's Fair in St. Louis) in six lines between pillars; in vignette above, World's Fair scene showing the German Pavilion and Cascade Gardens. Edge: Plain.


    Heidemann 1017. Gem Mint State. Rich brown surfaces, with tremendous relief and a great brilliance remaining. Very rare. Compare to a similar piece awarded to a different individual (S. M. Felton) in Heritage 1100 (17 September 2008), lot 28283 (which realized a total of $1840 [after buyer's fee]).


    Billed as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, as it commemorated the 100th anniversary of the massive land transaction between the United States and France, the fair covered an enormous area, taking visitors nearly a week to explore its offerings. 60 countries participated, one of which was the German Empire, which issued a series of plaques to be awarded to her citizens presenting or exhibiting at the fair. Among these Germans was this plaque's recipient, [Johann] Friedrich Bremermann, who worked his way up to become the director of Norddeutscher Lloyd in 1868, helping it become a shipping and logistics giant.


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