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    Superb Collection of Six Temperance Figure Carrie Nation Hatchets At the turn of the 19th to 20th centuries, Carrie Nation was among the most recognized personalities in America. This harmless-appearing little old lady was a ferocious advocate of the Temperance movement, and showed up at saloons, trademark hatchet in hand, to smash their stock of demon rum and the accouterments of its sale and consumption! Her supporters and detractors both seized on the symbol of the hatchet for items produced to support or oppose her. Perhaps the two most familiar to collectors are the tiny brass stick-pin, stamped "Carrie A. Nation," and the 3 3/4" metal advertising piece put out by the Art Stove Co. of Detroit, dated 1901 and bearing the legends "cut out whiskey" and "ax of all nations," along with a portrait of Carrie. The six other examples in this group are all quite unusual: 1) and 2) 9 1/4" variety with gently curving handle marked "Carrie Nation's." Both are heavy, solid brass, one nickel-plated. 3) Large 8 3/4" white metal wall plaque, marked "Nation's Joint Smasher." 4) A great massive 11" brass wall plaque, marked "All Nations Welcome But Carrie" (clearly for saloon display!) and her portrait. 5) A most unusual 3 3/4" variety with wooden handle, the blade simply marked "Nation." 6) A 3 3/4" white metal hatchet marked "Carrie Nation's joint smasher."

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    June, 2005
    22nd-23rd Wednesday-Thursday
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