Victor D. Brenner Plaque Abraham Lincoln with rare original green marble, 1907. Cunningham 24-060Bz. Smedley 83; King 1146 var.. 9 ½ x 7 1/8”. Bronze. Victor D. Brenner, Sc. Lower left edge marked: S. KLABER & CO./ FOUNDERS, N.Y. Uniface. Choice Uncirculated. Profile of Lincoln to the right. In exergue: ABRAHAM LINCOLN/ * * * 1809 * 1865 * *. Along the right side is the vertical inscription: COPYRIGHT 1907 BY V.D. BRENNER. Immediately to the left is Brenner’s monogram with the date 1907 below. The plaque is mounted on an 8 ½ x 11″ slab of green marble with a bronze easel affixed to the back of the marble. The marble is in just about perfect condition.
This is easily the most popular of Brenner’s work as the portrait is intimately associated with that on the Lincoln cent. The plaque itself is a scarce, but not rare, item. However, the presence of the original green marble does make the total package a rare one. Although signed by Klaber, D. Wayne Johnson believes that this plaque was actually produced by the Gorham Company for their client, the S. Klaber Co. The Brenner plaque of Lincoln holds a very special fascination for many collectors. A truly representative collection of American medallic art or Lincolnia would not be complete without an example of this fine piece. The most recent sale by Heritage for a similar specimen was in 2015 for $3107.00