A 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Rough Rider's medal and flagpole eagle attributed to the Charge at San Juan Hill
Lot 3487
A 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Rough Rider's medal and flagpole eagle attributed to the Charge at San Juan Hill
Sold for US$ 2,223 inc. premium
Lot Details
A 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Rough Rider's medal and flagpole eagle attributed to the Charge at San Juan Hill
Comprising: 1) Framed bronze medal given by Theodore Roosevelt to his men. Top portion, with two loops, reads 1st U.S. Vol. Cav. in a rectangle, above crossed swords and wings with 98 in center of a diamond; pin on the back side. The round hanging portion of 1 1/4 inch diameter medal reads San Juan-Santiago-Las Guasimas on the front around the perimeter, and in the center is a redoubt with two stylized R's intertwined. The back is inscribed Albin J. Pollack/New York/Troop K. Medal has a chain added, in the period, making it into a watch fob with a clasp at the top. Framed on red velvet. 2) Cast gilt brass eagle with wings spread and a hole through the beak, mounted on a walnut base with a sticker on the back that reads Made from the tip of flagpole carried at/San Juan Hill/while serving with Roosevelt's Rough Riders.
Condition: 1) Excellent; dark patina with deep relief markings, no damage. 2) Very good; retains much of gilt finish, hole in center, between claws, of rounded base. Walnut stand with some minor scratches and two holes on top.
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Footnotes

  • Note: Private Albin J. Pollak served with Captain Woodbury Kane's Troop K, which was known as the 'Fifth Avenue Boys' and was composed of men, some personally known by Roosevelt, from eastern colleges, Wall Street and private clubs. He mustered out of service in Troop J.
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