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    fred j borgmann

    This is a gold prize medal issued by the “Wisconsin Gun Club” which is the name engraved above and below an engraved retriever type dog on the obverse of this shield shaped medal resting on two crossed rifles. The back of the medal is engraved “PRESENTED BY PH. HIMMELSTEIN”. The medal is suspended by two 3 link chains from a gold brooch engraved with the name “PH. HIMMELSTEIN” ! So here we have a named medal presented by the named person to himself !
    The name Himmelstein is not rare and if my limited information is correct I believe that Philip Himmelstein was a Milwaukee resident born June 5, 1860. He married Francis, also from Milwaukee, on Sept. 5, 1885. In 1897, Nov. 24-26, he won the Plankinton House Trophy which I believe was a three cushion billiards award. The Plankinton House was a high class Milwaukee Hotel with a billiards parlor. I could not find any listings for the Wisconsin Gun Club on the internet or in my library.
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