116.8 grains. Struck medal turn. Obverse legend ends LIVES IN RUIN. Nice, pale silver gray in the fields and protected areas, deeper gray on the high points. Surfaces appear smooth and hard to the unaided eye with some bright residual reflectivity in the fields. Nice, sharp strike with all design details clear. Extremely rare: this is properly HT-282A, we suspect a typo left off "silvered" after Brass in that reference. Double city and state merchants. The piece's primary listing probably should be under St. Louis, as the Rulau text suggests.
It would appear that J.S. Pease supervised the day-to-day operations of the J.S. Pease & Co. store in St. Louis, while his partner in New York, Lewis G. Irving, made arrangements with East-Coast manufactures and importers to supply the needed inventory.
New York Listings:
Longworth's American Almanac, New York Register, and City Directory, 1827: "Irving L.G. hardware, 70 Maiden Lane h. 335 Washington"
Longworth's American Almanac, New York Register, and City Directory, 1834: "Irving Lewis G. hardware, 233 Pearl"
Longworth's American Almanac, New York Register, and City Directory, 1837: "Irving Lewis G. hardware, 246 Pearl"
Doggett's New-York City Directory, 1845: "Irving Lewis G. amer. mut. ins. co. 2 Mer. Ex. h. Nineteenth n. Av. 3"
Doggett's New-York City Directory, 1848: "Irving Lewis G. storage, 17 Pearl and 10 Bridge, h. 88 E. 19th."
St. Louis Listings:
Western Address Directory, 1837: "J.S. Pease & Co. / Importers and Wholesale Dealers in / British and American Hardware / Cutlery, and Heavy Goods, J.S. Pease, L.G. Irving / No. 20, Main Street, St. Louis." J.S. Pease & Co. was also listed as an agent for the "St. Louis Wire & Sieve Manufactory."
Green's St. Louis Directory, 1844: "Pease JS, res Fourth n of Cedar."
There are no listings for either Lewis G. Irving or J.S. Pease in the E.A.I.A.’s Directory of American Toolmakers.
From our (Bowers & Merena's) and Presidential Coin & Antique Company's sale of the Julian Leidman Collection, April 1986, lot 4588; and our (Stack's) Dice-Hicks sale, July 2008, lot 3267.