Antique G.A.R SOUVENIR Vulcanite Canteen Souvenir Pin 26th Encampment Washington D.C. 1892
Antique G.A.R. Grand Army of The Republic National 26th Encampment Washington D.C. 1892 Miniature Canteen Souvenir Pin. This is a rare souvenir from a veterans encampment at our nations capital in 1892. It is amazing that this little gem has survived all of these years. Especially in this great condition with even the little red white and blue thread still intact.
This wonderful antique souvenir measures 1.25" high by 1" wide. I believe based on the date that this little canteen is made of Vulcanite, which is a hardened form of rubber. The canteen is in very good condition for it's age. Retains a lot of the original gold gilt painting within the engraved areas. The thread has lost a little bit of the blue towards the top area. The antique c clasp brass pin has an aged patina. What a wonderful piece of America's history.
The "Grand Army of the Republic" (G.A.R.) was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army (US Army), Union Navy (U.S. Navy), Marines and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service who served in the American Civil War for the Northern/Federal forces. Founded in 1866 in Decatur, Illinois, and growing to include hundreds of posts across the nation, it was dissolved in 1956 when its last member, Albert Woolson (1850–1956) of Duluth, Minnesota, died. Linking men through their experience of the war, the G.A.R. became among the first organized advocacy groups in American politics, supporting voting rights for black veterans, promoting patriotic education, help to make Memorial Day a national holiday, lobbying the United States Congress to establish regular veterans' pensions, and supporting Republican political candidates. Its peak membership, at more than 490,000, was in 1890, a high point of various Civil War commemorative and monument dedication ceremonies. It was succeeded by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (S.U.V.C.W.), composed of male descendants of Union Army and Union Navy veterans.It held an annual "National Encampment" every year from 1866 to 1949. At that final encampment in Indianapolis, Indiana, the few surviving members voted to retain the existing officers in place until the organization's dissolution; Theodore Penland of Oregon, the GAR's Commander at the time, was therefore its last.