1888 Benjamin Harrison Presidential Campaign Macerated Currency Hat W/ Pin
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1888 Benjamin Harrison Presidential Campaign Macerated Currency Hat W/ Pin:
Very Rare and original, 1888 Benjamin Harrison, Miniature Presidential Campaign Top Hat made of Macerated U.S. Currency - "Greenbacks".
This outstanding, original Macerated Currency President Campaign Item measures approx. 2" tall and 3 1/4" by 2 3/4" at the brim. Affixed to one side of the Top Hat is a 3/4", Benjamin Harrison stud-type Presidential Campaign Pin featuring a wonderful, albumen photo portrait of Harrison within a thin brass frame. It is quite obvious that the Pin is original to the Hat and because it was affixed for the past 125 years the Pin has survived in outstanding, original condition. The Hat also retains its original sulk ribbon hatband and remnants of the original label on the bottom which reads "Made of US National Greenbacks redeemed and macerated by The US Government Treasury, Washington DC. / Estimated at $2000".
The light colored top hat of Benjamin Harrison became an oft used symbol during the 1888 Presidential Election. The Hat appeared on a number of Campaign Items and there was even a felt top hat with jugate portraits on the inner surface of the crown that has become a highly sought after collector's item. We have never seen the Macerated Currency / Benjamin Harrison Campaign Hat offered here and believe it to be exceptionally rare.
Between the mid-1870s and 1928, worn and mutilated currency was returned to the U.S. Treasury where it was reduced to paper pulp. By the 1890s, the pulp was sold to contractors such as the National Currency Souvenir Co. where it was used to create somewhat crude busts of prominent Americans and replicas of national monuments. The Hat offered here is one of the rarer and early Macerated money souvenirs we have come across and the first fashioned into a Presidential Campaign item that we have ever seen!!
This very rare and fascinating, 1888 Macerated Currency / Benjamin Harrison, Miniature Presidential Campaign Top Hat Portrait is in very good condition - intact and sound. The crown of the hat appears to have been formed using some type of mold (perhaps an inkwell or shot glass) while the brim was obviously hand formed. There is a small area on the edge of the brim at the rear that at first looked like a small chip but upon closer inspection it appears to be simply an artifact of the hand formed structure. The silk hat band is age toned but physically very well preserved - intact and without damage and the Presidential Campaign Pin and its albumen Portrait Photograph are exceptionally well preserved.
A very rare and wonderful, 1888 Benjamin Harrison, Miniature Presidential Campaign Top Hat made of Macerated U.S. Currency and a fantastic addition to any collection!!!
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