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Calendar Medal Showing Presidential Candidates

Calendar Medal Showing Presidential Candidates

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Description
This is a small, simple perpetual calender with the days of the month on an outer rim numbered from 1 to 31 and the days of the week on a disc that rotates inside this. The inner circle holds portraits of two different men, one on each side. A small suspension ring attached to the rim allowed attachment to a watch chain or pendant.
It seems likely that this is a bit of campaign ephemera from the late nineteenth century United States. The bearded figure shown might be James G. Blaine and the one with a mustache alone John A. Logan. Blaine ran for president as a Republican in 1884, with Logan running as his vice-president. The bid was unsuccessful.
The object came to the Smithsonian from the collection of Henry Russell Wray.
References:
Images of Blaine and Logan at the time of the campaign appear in a website with address: https://archive.org/details/portraitsofrepub00chic. See also campaign ephemera from the Cornell University Library shown at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cornelluniversitylibrary/4360015764/.
A description of what appears to be another example of this object is given at: https://www.maineantiquedigest.com/custom/presidential83.pdf, p. 29-30. All the websites were accessed January 24, 2018.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
calendar medal
calendar token
calendar coin
calendar disc
date made
ca 1884
place made
United States
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall:.4 cm x 2.8 cm x 3 cm x 2.8 cm; 5/32 in x 1 3/32 in x 1 3/16 in x 1 3/32 in
ID Number
MA.316917
catalog number
316917
accession number
228694
subject
Mathematics
Calendar
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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