GAR MEMBERSHIP BADGE

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Item Code: 286-922

This is the official membership badge adopted by the Grand Army of the Republic in 1869. The clasp is an eagle atop crossed cannons and ammunition clutching a drawn sword, ready to defend the national flag, which also serves as the ribbon. On the drop the goddess Liberty, representing Loyalty, stands between a soldier and sailor representing Fraternity, and two children receive protection from the soldiers, representing Charity, the three cardinal precepts of the organization. Around the vignette the border reads: "GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC" and "1861 VETERANS 1866,” the dates referring to the official start and end dates of the war that qualified veterans for membership. At the corners of the star are branch of service insignia. On the reverse the national shield at center is protected by rings of the insignia of the various army corps, stars representing the states and departments of the G.A.R. Founded in 1866 and dissolved in 1956 with the death of its last member, the organization reached its highest membership of 410,000 in 1890 and was an influential political force with a natural interest in veterans’ affairs. It’s insignia, uniforms, badges, and awards offer wide opportunities for the collector.

This example is in very good condition, with good color to the ribbon and both light and bronze tones to the star.  [sr]

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