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Vermont County Fair Brass Tag or Check
Here is a terrific piece of memorabilia from a long-ago New England county fair held in Addison County, Vermont. It would be a superb addition to any collection of Vermont historical memorabilia, or for anyone who enjoys antique county fair artifacts.
This tag is stamped ADDISON COUNTY FAIR / 278 on one side, with no maker's marks and nothing on the reverse.
It is solid brass, made in the same style as a railroad baggage tag. The slot would have been for a leather strap to attach the tag to an item that would have been checked for safekeeping, so the owner could go out and enjoy the fairgrounds.
We are going to suggest that this dates from the early 1900s, or possibly before. This type of tag has not been used in many, many years.
CONDITION is excellent, with NO bends, splits or twists. The stamping is clean and sharp. The metal has taken on a deep honey golden patina.
BACKGROUND: The Addison County Fair, held in Middlebury, has historically been Vermont's largest agricultural fair. The very first one took place in 1844. Today it is known as the Addison County Fair & Field Days and is a major attraction in New England.
Nearly centered north-south, Addison County is situated in the western side of the State of Vermont, bordering on Lake Champlain on the west, and the Green Mountains on the east.
Addison County is located on the west edge of Vermont, bordering on Lake Champlain. To the north are Chittenden and Washington counties, directly to the east are Windsor and Orange counties and to the south is Rutland County.
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