This is a Old John Wanamaker Sterling Silver Flower Leaf Pin Signed. John Wanamaker (1838-1922) was a well-known merchant, entrepreneur, and lifelong resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was active in the city's religious, political, and philanthropic areas, founded several Presbyterian churches and Sunday schools, and served as postmaster general under President Benjamin Harrison from 1889 to 1893. He opened his first Philadelphia clothing store, Oak Hall, with partner Nathan Brown in 1861, and founded John Wanamaker and Co. in 1869. In 1876, he opened "A New Kind of Store" known as the Grand Depot at Thirteenth and Market Streets. This store later became the flagship store, with satellite stores eventually established in central and southeastern Pennsylvania, as well as New Jersey, Delaware, and New York City. Wanamaker was at the forefront in many areas of retailing including merchandising, employee relations and advertising. John Wanamaker died in 1922, and his son Rodman succeeded him as head of the business, but himself died in 1928. The company did well and expanded over the next several decades, but went into decline during the 1960s and 1970s and was sold to Woodward & Lothrop in 1986. The Wanamaker building at Thirteenth and Market streets was registered with the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and as of 2015 continues to operate as a department store owned by Macy’s.(Information from The Historical Society of Pennsylvania). The sterling silver pin back is signed John Wanamaker/Sterling. The clasp is tight. The piece has tarnish/patina and weighs 15.9 grams. There is a bail for a necklace chain. It measures 2 1/2 inches by 1 3/8. This is a real piece of American history.
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