Mastro April 2008
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Offered is a memento that superbly reflects the pride felt by the subject group's participants. This stunning lapel pin is crafted at a level of design and quality fit for a president, or even a king! The piece recalls a specific "Republican Club," an organization of a type that was particular to its era, and which sought to keep African-Americans involved in the political party that professed an ongoing, historically based concern with the advancement and preservation of civil rights. Measuring 7-1/2" in total length, the pin's top segment is a gold-bordered metal pinback (with back clasp intact) proclaiming "Member." Hanging from this component is a 2-1/16"-wide, embroidered red-white-and-blue ribbon, on which the words "Morton Colored Republican Club - Morton, Pa." are embossed in gold characters. At the lower edge of the ribbon, fine gold-colored braidwork comprises two inches of eye-catching accent. The adornment is completed by a substantial and colorfully well-detailed, celluloid badge that features clasped hands and the legend "Organized - July 6th, 1896"; this piece, in turn, is suspended from a separate, woven ribbon highlighted by a crossed-flag design. Finally, the reverse of the primary ribbon—in contrast to the elaborate front already described—consists of somber black cloth bearing the silver-lettered message "In Memorium - Morton Colored Republican Club - Morton, Pa." Condition of this exquisitely fashioned ribbon is at least Near Mint. A very intriguing piece!
Elaborate and Double-Sided 1896 "Morton Colored Republican Club" Racially Themed Pinback
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