P.O.S. of A. Ribbon Badge
A complex double ribbon attached to a bar pin. The pin on top has a modified rectangular shape with a bulge in the middle that more than doubles the width there. The pin has gold raised border on the edge. The middle has white enamel with an image of two shaking hands in the center. The hands are white and both have white cuffed shirt and the cuff of a light blue suit jacket that fades into the background. An upward curving line of red text under the hands identifies the maker. On the back of the pin, the edges of the gold trim curve over the edge and a safety type pin is welded to the back. The ribbon in front is threaded over a metal bar welded to the back and sewn in place with white thread. The white thread also is attaching the ribbon in back. The front ribbon is actually a double ribbon, with a vertical striped red, white and blue ribbon in front of a shorter and thinner white ribbon in front. The white front ribbon is gathered to a point about half way down the badge and a political button is glued to this point. Printed in silver on the main part of the white ribbon are two crossed lines that are topped by two small 13 starred fabric flags that are glued and sewn in place to show diagonal rippling flags. The political button has a printed shield in the center that has a five pointed star in the middle, stars against a blue background in the top third and vertical red and white stripes in the bottom 2/3rds. There is a small head of a white man in the middle of the star. On top of the shield is a banner with one line of printed text. Curving around the top of the button is a line of black printed text. curing along the bottom of the button is a line of black printed text. Around the button is a silver colored metal edge. On the back of the button are 4 lines of engraved text. Under the button on the red white and blue ribbon are four lines of silver printed text. At the bottom of the ribbon, a bronze colored fringe is sewn, joining the double ribbon together. The ribbon facing to the back has a black background. I line of silver printed text is along the top of the ribbon. One line of silver printed text on the middle of the ribbon is above a silver printed portrait of Washington. Under this portrait is four more lines of silver printed text, going to the bottom edge and the fringe. Stuck to the back of the black ribbon is a white sticker with ten lines of black and red printed text. There is a piece of black cardboard between the ribbons, reinforcing the bottom.
Recto, printed in red on pin: WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO. NEWARK N.J.
Recto, printed in black on button: PATRIOTIC ORDER SONS OF AMERICA. / P.O.S. OF A. / WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO NEWARK, N.J.
Recto, printed in silver on ribbon: WASHINGTON / CAMP, NO. 22, / P.O.S. OF A. / LEADVILLE, COLORADO.
Verso, engraved on the back of the button: WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO. / BADGES / NEWARK, N.J./ PAT. JUNE 12 94
Verso, printed in silver on ribbon: THE WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO. NEWARK, N.J. / IN MEMORIAM / WASHINGTON CAMP, NO. 22, / P.O.S. OF A. / LEADVILLE, COLORADO.
In black and red ink on white sticker inside: THE WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO. / RIBBON, / METAL AND CELLULOID BADGES, / FLAGS & BANNERS. / NEWARK, N.J. / WAVING FLAG PAT'D JUNE 14, 1892. / ENAMEL IVORY BADGE BAR PAT'D OCT. 18, 1892. MAR.7.1893. / Other Badges Patents. June 11, 1892. July 19, 1892. / August 2, 1892. / MEDALLION PAT'D JUNE 12, 1894.