|The picture shows views of this Boxed ©1973 New Hampshire State Seal Governor Presentation Bowl. On the left it is shown in its box and the included card. On the right the bottom of the bowl is shown. The bowl has a painted gold rim and is imprinted in red, blue, and black. It pictures a fish, bundle of arrows, and a tree. Inside the bowl is marked as follows:|
NEW HAMPSHIRE'S FIRST STATE SEAL
SIGILL : REI - PUB : NEOHANTONI : VISUNITAFORTIOR
The bottom of the bowl has a crest with a book, tree branches, sailboat, and a building. It reads as follows:
SETAUKET L.I. N.Y.
MADE ESPECIALLY FOR
GOVERNOR MELDRIM THOMSON, JR.
Included is a card that has raised gold print. It pictures the current New Hampshire seal and reads as follows:
SEAL OF THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
MELDRIM THOMSON, JR.
GOVERNOR OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
To judge the sizes the bowl measures 3-1/8'' wide. The bowl is in mint condition and the card is near mint. Below here is some background informtion that was found online for Governor Meldrim Thomson, Jr.:
''Gov. Meldrim Thomson, Jr. (1912-2001)''
''Born Pittsburgh (PA) March 8, 1912; Orford (NH) publisher. In state politics from 1964. Governor 1973/9. Portrait by Joseph Swan, 1996. Presented 1996.''
''He attended the University of Miami, the University of Miami Law School, Mercer University and the University of Georgia, receiving a LL.B. from the latter. Thomson started a legal textbook publishing firm on Long Island, New York. In search of quiet, he moved his family of five children to Orford, where he founded Equity Publishing Corp.''
''As governor from 1973-1979, serving three two-year terms, he drew devoted support from ultraconservatives with positions that included suggesting nuclear weapons for the state National Guard. He once called Martin Luther King "a man of immoral character whose frequent association with leading agents of communism is well-established." But he also drew votes for his strong antitax stance -- to this day, the state has neither an income tax nor a sales tax -- and for his philosophy of independence from federal influence.''
''Thomson was a former member and chairman of both the Stony Brook, Long Island; and Orford, New Hampshire, school boards. He was a member of the New Hampshire constitutional convention in 1964. Thomson also co-founded Taxfighters, Incorporated, and the Public School Association. Thomson has taught science at the University of Georgia. Governor Thomson passed away from Parkinson's disease and heart problems on April 19, 2001.''
''Sources: New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, National Governors Association''