In 1977, the Medallic Art Company (MACO) made an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of some of the classic designs from the Society of Medalists series by marketing a series of Fine Art Paperweights. These were offered as limited editions through Towle Silversmith stores. The program was not very successful. This disappointment for MACO and Towle Silversmiths, has made for a scarce item for Society of Medalists collectors.
According to David Thomason Alexander, in his fabulous book American Art Medals, 1909-1995, the following Paperweights have been observed:
- No. 18 Gertrude Lathrop, Conserve Wildlife reverse.
- No. 45 James Earle Fraser, Pony Express - New Frontiers obverse.
- No. 46 Karl Gruppe, Youth of the Scout World reverse.
- No. 47 MacGregor Proctor, Trout Fishing obverse.
- No. 76 Donald R. Miller, In Wilderness id the Preservation of the World reverse.
The paperweights were all Uniface with the artwork on one side and a textured reverse with "MACO SOM copyright 1977" at the bottom.
I've just come across two of these, No. 45 James Earle Fraser, Pony Express - New Frontiers obverse and No. 46 Karl Gruppe, Youth of the Scout World reverse. Both are complete with their original boxes, descriptive pamphlets and stands. You can see them in my Society of Medalists Section.
If you are interested in reading more about the Society of Medalists, I highly recommend David Thomason Alexander's book American Art Medals, 1909-1995. It is beautifully written and illustrated and covers the history of both the Circle of Friends of the Medallion and The Society of Medalists. Thomason provides much background information about the founders of these series, the artists that were engaged and detailed photographs of each medal.
You can find this book on Amazon by clicking on the title below.