Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Harry S Truman: The Very Rare "Eddie's Friend" Oval Pinback. The slogan refers to Eddie Jacobsen, Truman's partner in the haberdashery business before he embarked on his political career. Jacobsen was Jewish, and this was an uncommon partnership in the American Midwest in the 1920s, when the Klan was at its zenith. This button was undoubtedly intended to remind Jewish voters of Truman's personal history. They are extremely rare, appearing only occasionally on the market. The first example we handled was sold in the 2008 APIC National Convention auction. It was from the Kenton Broyles collection, and the plate example from the Hake book. After fierce bidding, that specimen fetched $21,510, almost certainly a record both for a Truman button and for a political slogan pin. This is the very same example. It measures 1" across and is in outstanding condition - clean, bright and perfectly-centered.

    Auction Info

    Proxy Bidding Ends
    22nd Saturday 10:50 am CT
    Auction Dates
    22nd-23rd Saturday-Sunday
    Proxy Bidding Time Remaining
    1 Day 6h 5m 54s
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 0
    Lot Tracking Activity: 20
    Page Views: 211

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $300,000 (minimum $49), plus 20% of any amount between $300,000 and $3,000,000, plus 12.5% of any amount over $3,000,000 per lot.

    This lot is in: 1 - Signature® Floor Session (Live Floor, Live Phone, Mail, Fax, Internet, and Heritage Live):
    (Lots 43001-43484) - 11:00 AM Central Time, Saturday, February 22, 2020.
    (Proxy bidding ends ten minutes prior to the session start time. Live Proxy bidding on Heritage Live starts 24 hours before the live session begins and continues through the session.)

    Show All Session Information

    Show Auction Type Info

    Exhibition Viewing Times, Title Page, Floor Session and License Information

    Additional Location Info:
    Heritage Auctions - Dallas
    3500 Maple Ave
    17th Floor
    Dallas, TX 75219

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping Sales Tax information

    Important information concerning Sales Tax and Resale Certificates. Learn More

    Terms and Conditions  |  Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments |  Glossary of Terms

    ** Lots bearing estimates and without Consignor Reserve shall open at Heritage Auctions' discretion (usually 25% to 60% of the low estimate).

    Opening Bid:
    Bid Protection
    w/ Buyer's Premium (BP) : $8,750.00 Minimum Next Bid: $7,000 ($8,750.00 w/ BP)
    Track Item