Monday, November 7, 2011
So, we have a choice of two possibilities for this two-sided pendant ... The scene on one side is of an Eagle holding 2 flags, and a banner that says: E PLURIBUS UNUM (sound familiar?). The other side is what seems to be a mountain scene within a frame and flanked by red, yellow and green ribbons. I don't know what's perched on top. A bird? The eagle is made of feathers, as are the ribbons and flags. The banner and other elements are paper. The pendant measures 1 1/4" in diameter.
Which would you say is correct ... A or B?
A. Commemorative victory piece made during or right after the Spanish-American War dating 1898-1900. The use of feathers and foil confetti is consistent with the post Victorian era. The flag on the right is the Havana flag, signifying victory over that Spanish force, and the flag on the left is Mexican, reminding Americans of our victory in the Mexican-American war of 1848.
B. A piece commemorating the Organization of American States (Pan-American Treaty) which occurred during the late 19thC.