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The following is quoted from an article which appears on the web site: Old and Sold... "During the campaign of 1840, many pieces were produced to promote the cause of the Whig candidates, General William Henry Harrison and Governor John Tyler, who without a party platform defeated Martin VanBuren for reelection.
With the slogan "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too," the Whigs made campaign capital of the charge that their standard bearer was a backwoods pioneer who lived in a log cabin, wore a coonskin cap, and drank hard cider. Demand for "a change" took the place of any policy declaration and, by the time the campaign got well under way, practically every hamlet had its log cabin with cider barrel by the doorway. The fact that General Harrison was a gentleman farmer living in a handsome mansion at North Bend on the Ohio, just north of Cincinnati, and was addicted neither to coonskin caps nor hard cider, was completely overlooked.
American glass factories turned out bottles, flasks, drinking glasses, bowls, plates, and other articles decorated with the Whig campaign emblems. They must have been produced in quantity but, like present-day campaign buttons, few have survived."
This cup plate is one of the campaign items produced in 1840. It is shown as plate #595 in the Ruth Webb Lee book "American Glass Cup Plates". It would be a great addition to any historical collection or cup plate collection. Nice flint tone. Note: picture may be larger than actual cup plate.
Size: 3 1/4" diameter
Condition: Some chipping to edges - see pic.
Item ID: 2338