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English Gilded Brass Plaque of "Black Eagle" in a Period Burled Wood Frame

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This plaque of the famous circus horse "Black Eagle" was made and framed circa 1855 to 1860. The horse was purchased from the King of the Belgians by proprietors John and George Sanger for use in a traveling circus in 1845. They produced and traveled widely in Europe but primarily in England to ever-increasing success, producing greater and greater extravagant equestrian pantomimes of not only this horse but many horses. It is said that one such show entitled “The Congress of Monarchs” was seen by 37,000 paying people in one day. The property and paraphernalia for this show as well as some acts was purchased for 33,000 pounds by none other than P. T. Barnum for use in America in 1874. The famous horse appeared on many occasions before an enthusiastic Queen Victoria at Balmoral, Sandringham and Winsor on numerous occasions. This plaque is set within a period burled maple frame set within a gilded inner liner and mounted as it was originally purchased presenting a great piece of historical memorabilia. The plaque itself is of both matt and burnished gilding giving the horse and tack depth and dramatic contrast.

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    H 18 in. x W 19.5 in. x D 1.5 in.H 45.72 cm x W 49.53 cm x D 3.81 cm
  • Seller Location
    Hudson, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU811313032952
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