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Presentation shield

Object Number: 
INV.160
Date: 
1860-1890
Medium: 
Leather, paint, photographs, wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 26 1/2 x 19 1/4 x 2 3/4 in. ( 67.3 x 48.9 x 7 cm )
Marks: 
applied/painted leather: on obverse: "NEPTUNE / EXEMPT / 3 / YONKERS N. Y. / TO / PASSAIC / 1" handwritten: on tape affixed to obverse: "66" stamped (four times): on reverse: "WILSON / MAKER / 135 BOWERY / N. Y." handwritten: on wooden bar attached to
Description: 
White, red, and black painted leather presentation shield presented to Passaic No. 1 by Neptune Exempt No. 3 of Yonkers, New York; "NEPTUNE" and "EXEMPT" in applied leather lettering on recessed, red painted panels separated by painted image of Neptune at top; large "3" cut out at center and backed by black painted leather, with four small tintype portraits in oval cut-outs surrounding it; "PASSAIC" in applied leather lettering on recessed, red painted panel above recessed, black painted "1" and painted image of a fire engine flanked by stars at bottom; recessed, red and black painted scroll designs and gold and light blue scroll designs painted on surface throughout; gold painted edges; two wooden bars attached for reinforcement on reverse.
Gallery Label: 
This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group