SAPPERS SHAKO PLATE FROM THE 2ND FRENCH EMPIRE – ITEM FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE ARTIST, RON TUNISON

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Item Code: 1100-103

Stamped brass plate of a bursting bomb within a wreath of palm branches above a riband that reads “SAPEURS POMPIERS.”

Plate meas. approx. 4.00 x 5.00 inches with excellent detail to the flame protruding from the bursting bomb. Lettering in the riband is sharp.

Reverse is missing attachment hooks.

The 2nd French Empire ran from 1852-1870. This would cover the French incursion into Mexico during the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War of 1870.

Ron Tunison (1947 – 2013) was born in Richmond Hill, N.Y., and was a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He was a scholarship student at the NYC National Academy where he continued his sculpting studies. He went on to become an internationally acclaimed sculptor of nine heroic bronze monuments: "General W. Crawford," near Little Round Top on the Gettysburg Battlefield, the “Friend to Friend Masonic Memorial" on Steinwehr Ave., the bas-relief "Delaware State Memorial" on Taneytown Road, and "The Gettysburg Civil War Women's Memorial" at Evergreen Cemetery. On the Antietam National Battlefield is Tunison's "Irish Brigade Monument." "The Bivouac" is at the entrance to the Civil War Soldier's Museum at Pamplin Historical Park near Petersburg, Va. "The Delaware Continentals" heroic size bronze of three advancing Revolutionary War soldiers stands atop a twenty-five-foot granite pedestal in front of Legislative Hall at Dover, Delaware. At Ringgold Gap in Atlanta, Ga., is Ron's life-size General Patrick Cleburne. Dedication ceremonies for “General John Barry, U.S. Naval Commander”, took place May 10th, 2014 at U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.  Ron was the entrepreneur behind his own company Historical Sculptures, where he sculpted smaller statues. [ad]

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