United Spanish War Veterans pin with suspended National Auxiliary U.S.W.V. medal
Marked on the back in a circular motif “THE WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO Newark N.J.
All metal with a copper tone surface finish. A very well executed, detailed casting. This piece most likely dates from the 1920s – 1930s.
Condition is near mint, showing only a tiny bit of wear on the chain and highest points of the relief.
The United Spanish War Veterans was an American veterans organization which consisted of veterans of the Spanish–American War, Philippine–American War and China Relief Expedition.
Soon after the Spanish–American War ended, in early 1899, discharged veterans formed fraternal societies to keep in touch with their former comrades. These included the Spanish War Veterans, the Spanish–American War Veterans, the Servicemen of the Spanish War, American Veterans of Foreign Service, the Army of the Philippines, the Veteran Army of the Philippines, the Legion of Spanish War Veterans and other smaller organizations.
At the start of the 20th century, these groups began to merge. In 1904, the three largest groups, the Spanish War Veterans, the Spanish–American War Veterans and the Servicemen of the Spanish War joined to form the United Spanish War Veterans. They became the largest and most influential of the Spanish–American War societies. The organization’s last surviving member, Nathan E. Cook, died in 1992, one month short of his 107th birthday.
The medal’s maker, Whitehead and Hoag, was in business until 1959. This piece most likely dates from the 1920s – 1930s.
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