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1870's-1880's American Presidential / Political Campaign / Parade Torch For Sale
Rare and original, ca1870’s or 1880’s American Political Campaign / Parade Torch used by political organizations during Torchlight Parades which were a common form of demonstration during Political Campaigns of the 19th century.
This wonderful, original Campaign Parade Torch measures approx. 25" long overall and features a beautifully turned, 19” long wooden handle with a nickel plated tin torch affixed to the top. The Torch is formed in the shape of a canister and projecting from the top of the canister is the original tin burner with what appears to be an original, period wick made of cotton batting.
The Torch is mounted on a heavy, nickel silver gimbal allowing it to remain upright while being carried by a marcher. The gimbal is attached to nickel plated “sleeve” that fits over the end of the shaft / handle and is affixed with a screw. We are told that this form of Parade Torch was typical of those used in the 1870’s and 1880’s and both the construction and materials are consistent with this date of manufacture.
This rare and quite wonderful, later 19th century Campaign Parade Torch is in very good condition. The nickel plated canister form torch head is intact, sound and without significant wear or damage of any kind - no breaks, dents, rust, holes or repairs. There is some surface tarnish but no loss to the nickel plating. The expertly turned, wooden handle is intact and sound with no breaks or repairs and retains its original surface finish. Please see the scans below for a good indication of the form and condition of this wonderful American Parade Torch.
A very rare and quite wonderful, ca1870’s or 1880’s American Political Campaign / Parade Torch and a fantastic addition to any Political Americana Collection!!!
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1870's-1880's American Presidential / Political Campaign / Parade Torch: $158