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.