Seeking “to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics” former GOP leader Teddy Roosevelt founded the Progressive aka “Bull Moose” Party in 1912. Presented are (2) T. Roosevelt campaign pins with a 1912 Progressive Party Convention Press Pin and an 1898 New York Governor pin. Bearing relief images of revered Presidents Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln, the 1912 pin is configured in badge style with remarkably well-preserved bronze dome and medallion components joined by a tattered ribbon. More on our website.
Though moderately toned the metal sections of this rare 1-3/4 x 4-1/2” Progressive Party relic display well defined obverse details in near original state. The words “National Progressive Convention” appear in an arc above the aforementioned relief images which are separated by a vertically positioned “Chicago” (site of the convention), with the date “1912” at bottom. The medallion reverse bears the hallmark “Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark, N.J.”. The pin-backed dome portion features the word “Press” in an outlined box centered below the dome.
Rating a solid (VG-EX) designation the 1898 pin is a celluloid type with a 1-3/4” diameter graced by a striking image of Roosevelt in “Rough Rider” military garb below a draped flag and flanked on the right by the name “Theodore Roosevelt” and the slogan “For Governor”. The reverse is printed with “Wm. F. Miller & Co., 23 Duane St. N.Y. City” and “The W. & H. Co. Patents July 17, 1894, April 14, 1896, July 21, 1896”. Handwritten notations are the initials “G.B.C. Jr.” at top and “M.H.D.” at center.