Ulysses S. Grant Campaign Badge

Description (Brief)
This presidential campaign badge was made by the Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut around 1868. The Scovill Company was established in 1802 as a button manufacturer that is still in business today. Scovill was an early industrial American innovator, adapting armory manufacturing processes to mass-produce a variety of consumer goods including campaign badges. The eagle has a pin so the badge could be worn.
Obverse: Labeled tintype photograph of Ulysses S. Grant and Schuyler Colfax. The photo is in a golden colored frame featuring a spread-winged eagle, flanked by two golden American flags, and a scroll “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
medal, political
depicted
Grant, Ulysses S.
Colfax, Schuyler
maker
Scovill Manufacturing Company
Measurements
overall: 4.1 cm x 3.6 cm; 1 5/8 in x 1 7/16 in
ID Number
1981.0296.1181
accession number
1981.0296
catalog number
1981.0296.1181
related event
Presidential Campaign of 1868
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Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
Industry & Manufacturing
Scovill Manufacturing Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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