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    Splendid Grouping Highlighted by Inscribed Christian Commission Pin and Wallets. Based in Philadelphia, the U.S. Christian Commission was created in 1861 by the Y.M.C.A. to distribute bibles and bandages to Union soldiers during the coming conflict. In actuality, it performed many more humanitarian services to ease the life of the common soldier. Here is an historic example of the organization's badge nicely inscribed on the back to a minister's wife and active member of one of the commission's busiest branches. The 2" long, silver scroll-shaped badge is etched on the front "U.S./ Christian Commission/ Phil" and on the reverse "Mrs. Rev. Arza Brown/ Chicago Illinois/ Civil War." With the pin are two identical Civil War era wallets, measuring 2.5"x 3.75" when closed, which reveal several sections when opened along with the gold imprinted name "Mrs. M. H. Brown" on one and "Rev. Arza Brown" on the other. The wallets show wear but are very sound and pliable, missing just the small closing tabs. Also with the grouping is a scarce Christian Commission pamphlet with blue paper covers titled "Information for Army Meetings" and dated November 1864. Inside is news about Commission activities and stories from various branches in the field. The booklet measures 4.5" x 6.75" and is in sound condition with only some minor chipping to the corners of the cover sheets. The Rev. Arza Brown was a retired Methodist Episcopal minister in Chicago during the war and his wife, Mary, was an energetic member of the Chicago branch of the commission. An excellent representative specimen of a scarce badge with a great history, complete with substantial historical information.

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    12th Saturday
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