GAR MEMBERSHIP BADGE

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Item Code: M26180

A very nice find and good condition GAR membership badge.  It is fully intact and markings are clear.  It retains the original ribbon that is secured between a pin bar with an eagle atop cross guns and a traditional 5-pointed star. The GAR mantra: loyalty, fraternity, and charity are represented on the star.  Loyalty is represented by the Goddess of Liberty in the center.  In front of the Goddess are two soldiers shaking hands, signifying fraternity. At the feet of the soldiers kneels two children symbolizing charity.  At the star points are representations of each branch of military service.

On the reverse of the top bar there is a patent stamp “PAT. MAY 4. 1886/ JUNE. 22. 1886.” Under the patent mark is an image of a camp pot over a fire. The ribbon has hand stitching attaching it to the top bar. The bottom star medallion has a display of Union corps badges encircling a symbol for the Union. The points of the star (both front and back) have a dark discoloration.  Numbered along the edge, “W10119”.

This ribbon would typically be worn at meetings or patriotic ceremonies.  This a good addition to any collector who wants to preserve the legacy of past Union service members via the GAR. [MK] [PH:L]

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