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Baldwin Original 1904 Grand Prize Medal #2757538
08/10/18 08:23 PM
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I have just added to my Baldwin collection a medal that the Baldwin Piano Company won in St. Louis in 1904. It was during the famous 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition (Worlds Fair) and Olympics. This is one of two awards that Baldwin won. PARIS Grand Prix 1900, and St Loius Grand Prize 1904. These are the two claim to fame awards Baldwin printed images of the awards inside their pianos and also in the casting of the plates you will find these awards and dates. This medal (Award) appears to have been in Cincinnati, Ohio since 1904. The Company was based in Cincinnati, OH for many years. I would believe it would have been at the Baldwin Office/Factory for several years before becoming private owned. Any thoughts or ideas on value?
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Re: Baldwin Original 1904 Grand Prize Medal [Re: davidglenn] #2757547
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No idea on value, BUT, I think it is a pretty cool collectors item!!

Re: Baldwin Original 1904 Grand Prize Medal [Re: davidglenn] #2757593
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Well, that is so cool!

I have to ask - how did you come by it?


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Re: Baldwin Original 1904 Grand Prize Medal [Re: davidglenn] #2757648
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The apparent condition of the metal (not medal) suggests that it is not gold, either solid or plated. I would expect that in 1904, the Gold Medal would have been at least plated gold.

It is not unusual for manufacturers to make replicas of medals and awards for distribution to distributors or even to end consumers as part of their marketing effort. This medal reminds me of one of those.

I'm clueless as to how you might research the exact origin of this medal.


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Re: Baldwin Original 1904 Grand Prize Medal [Re: Rich Galassini] #2757712
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Thanks for the comments. I think it is a neat "Baldwin" item. I actually found it on ebay. I hadn't thought of Baldwin making it to give to customers. I know they were proud of the award, it is very possible they had replicas made to promote themselves. I would love to know the origin and history of this piece. It may have been given to a dealer for display, or in the office. I do think the original was made of GOLD. Anyway, it did come from Cincinnati, OH where it probably spent some time in the Baldwin headquarters. I haven't weighed it, but it is a heavy little medal for the size. I guess it only holds value to a true Baldwin Piano lover, which I am. It does say "Whitehead and Hoag Co." Newark, NJ on the very bottom. After doing a brief history on that company, they were major producer of medals and ribbons and pins, political and athletic.


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Re: Baldwin Original 1904 Grand Prize Medal [Re: Ralphiano] #2757736
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Originally Posted by Ralphiano
It is not unusual for manufacturers to make replicas of medals and awards for distribution to distributors or even to end consumers as part of their marketing effort. This medal reminds me of one of those.

Really? I have never heard of this, or seen one. Is this common knowledge?




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