Sat, Jan 27, 2018 11:00AM EST - Sun, Jan 28, 2018 11:00AM EST
Truman, Harry S. Harry Truman 1949 Inaugural Presentation Plaque. Julio Kilenyi, sculptor. Two oversize solid copper medallions, mounted on a mahogany plaque, bearing an engraved brass tag reading: “Presented to Matthew J. Connelly by Harry S. Truman.” The first medal depicts the classic Kilenyi portrait of President Truman, and the date of the inauguration. The second depicts a bald eagle under an American coat of arms standing on a platform with the slogan “Freedom and Friendship” next to a map of the world. Harry S. Truman is identified as President of the United States on the top right corner. Each medal measures nearly eleven inches in diameter, with great depth in its relief. The plaque measures 29 ½ x 16 ½”. Presumably each medal represents one side of the commemorative medal issued for the 1949 inauguration, with design variations to inscription and back, and are extremely scarce. Original finish and fine patina.