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Fly Fishing Medal

1953 Gifford MacGregor Proctor Born: New York, New York 1912 Medallic Art Company (Founder) Society of Medallic Arts (Commissioner) bronze 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle 1972.167.46 Not currently on view


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Research has not revealed the purpose of this medal, but Gifford MacGregor Proctor’s design suggests that it was given as an award in a trophy fishing tournament. The elaborately tied “dry fly lure” on the reverse reveals the artistry of the champion fly fishermen, whose lures attract game fish such as the brook trout depicted on the obverse.

Keywords

Animal - fish

Recreation - sport and play - fishing

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

relief