Sunday, January 14, 2007

Where Is The Gold Medal?

Congratulations to the gold-medal winner, Michael Van Zeyl.

The gold-medal award raises the question, however: where is the gold medal? There is--or was--an actual medal designed and wrought by Emory Seidel, a sculptor who won the medal himself in 1927.

Who has that one now?


Anonymous George C. Clark said...

My hazy recollection is that sometime in the 1980s when I was on the board it was suggested that an actual medal should be awarded instead of the ribbons we had been using. Someone had found an example of the original gold medal in the P&C archives. A mold was made from it and five or six new medals were cast in bronze and gold-plated. They were rather expensive. For several years these medals were engraved and presented to Gold Medal Show winners. Richard Schmid probably has one or more of them. When those medals ran out I was no longer on the board so I can't say why the practice was discontinued, but I imagine it was the cost factor. They were handsomely designed, but very expensive to fabricate.

January 18, 2007  
Blogger Cobalt Blue said...

Thanks for the comment, George.

Maybe we should have the award rotate--there would be one gold medal and whoever wins could keep it for a year before passing it on to the next winner. That way, we'd only have to have one (plus a spare, maybe, in case of loss), rather than one each year.

Also, I'd still like to see an example of the gold medal itself--I'm sure it was nice--Emory Seidel did beautiful work.

January 19, 2007  

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