Grover Cleveland: 1894 Sugar Trust Mechanical Stickpin. In 1894, Congress passed the Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act. In keeping with campaign pledges by Grover Cleveland, it lowered many of the tariffs imposed by the McKinley Tariff Bill of 1890. After passage by the House, the Senate added 600 amendments favorable to industrial interests, particularly the Sugar Trust. President Cleveland accepted the defeat as an improvement over McKinley's bill and let it become law without his signature. This 5/8" x 1 1/4" brass shell badge was issued in response to the bill. It shows a Mother Hubbard character. Her dress is inscribed "Sugar Trust. Don't Expose Me". When her skirt is lifted, "Grover" is seen crouching underneath. Unlike the mechanical chairs issued in 1892, this badge does not have a tension spring or latch, as made. We don't recall seeing any other examples in the market.

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