Woman's Relief Corps Medal 1883 President Badge GAR Military Auxiliary, ribbon brooch. Measurements: 3-1/8 inches X 1-1/2 inches at the widest part. This is a strong, heavy piece.
Bronze a/o bronze metal finish with light blue silk ribbon.
The Woman's Relief Corps (W.R.C.) is the official women's auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic, recognized in 1883. The badge is a Maltese Cross attached to a bar pin with a blue ribbon, a dangling badge with letters :FCL intertwined which stand for: Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty. The top bar is impressed with PRESIDENT, indicating this pin was worn by the President of a particular chapter of the organization. This part of the pin has a STRONG, simple "C" Clasp.
Pin design was patented : May 4th and Sept 28, 1883.
Strong with excellent images. Ribbon has been hand sewn to the bar, patina shows to all metal parts as one would expect.
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