The Premier Teddy Roosevelt Button Variety, and One of the Very Best of the Colorful Cartoon Designs from the "Golden Era" of Political Button Manufacture One of only several known examples, and this pristine example must surely be the finest. Even the button paper on the back is mint! Known as the "TR at the Gate" variety, it depicts Roosevelt as "President of all the People." A rising sun behind the Capitol Dome in background is marked "The Spirit of the Republic/Success." Roosevelt gestures to Uncle Sam to remove the fence slats marked "Prejudice," "Lawlessness," and "Injustice," so he can pass through. Dated 1904, it is clearly a campaign item from Teddy's re-election effort. This example was one of the few from the Mastro Collection which were sold privately when Political Gallery purchased that famous collection in 1991, and it has remained in the hands of that private purchaser until its present consignment to Heritage. A very special opportunity for the most advanced collector. Diameter 1 1/2".

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