A rare political collectible pin...this 1896 mechanical 'gold bug' pin was used in the campaign of William McKinley and his V.P. running mate, Garret Hobart.
The brass insect pin measures 1 1/4 inches high by 1 1/2 inches across (open). With the push of a lever at the back, the wings fly open and show photos of McKinley and Hobart. The photos show some wear from rubbing against the metal as they open but they're still good clear images with much of their original varnished finish intact. Back has a patent date of May 1, '96.
The bug has a nice brass luster and the mechanical function works well, unlike most of these early mechanical examples. Overall, a rare early political item in great condition...and here's a little history of McKinley.
William McKinley, Jr. (January 29, 1843 – September 14, 1901) was the 25th President of the United States (1897–1901). He is best known for winning fiercely fought elections (probably with the help of this great pin). He supported the gold standard and high tariffs. He succeeded in forging a Republican coalition that for the most part dominated national politics until the 1930s. He also led the nation to victory in 90 days in the Spanish American War.
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