DescriptionWilliam Jennings Bryan: The Legendary "Hobby Horse" Campaign Pinback. This colorful and a dramatic large 2¼" button, along with its McKinley companion piece, is considered by many collectors to represent the high point of American lithography as applied to creating papers for pinback buttons. This is a beautiful example with vivid color and clean, glossy surface. However, as is the case with most examples of these Hobby Horse pins, there are some minor condition qualifications which must be weighed as well. There are the tiniest few specks of rim foxing at 11:00, noted purely for strictest accuracy. The metal collet has even surface rust, and the button paper shows some soiling and small stain marks. However, in our opinion these factors are overwhelmingly outweighed by the beautiful appearance of the button as viewed from the front, as the photo shows.
There is an interesting manufacturing anomaly which we cannot recall encountering previously. In our opinion it does not affect the value significantly, if at all, but we note it for accuracy: apparently the button paper for this pin was printed in an unusual format. Normally, papers are oversized, so that the coloration of the front continues around the back until it is tucked under the collet. However, this variety appears to have had the obverse design, only slightly larger than the button diameter, surrounded by a dark blue background. The present example is centered somewhat low, and there was not enough cream-colored area to extend all the way to the collet at the top. Accordingly, when viewed from the rim, the button appears to have a deep blue border around the top portion. This is not visible from the front, and as it is clearly "as made" we note it for the sake of interest and accuracy only. Excellent overall condition.
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