Thursday, August 15, 2013

Mystery Object

Sometimes we get questions from people wanting to know, "What is it?" Sometimes we can help, other times we are just a mystified as they.  This is one of those occasions and we are asking for your help.  A lady discovered this "Political Memento" in her grandmother's estate.  

She sent us some photos.

Dimensions:  Front to Back approx 2 & 1/4 inches and 1 & 3/4 inches high.

On the bottom it says "564 Neuton Kan".

One guess is that this could be a souvenir  connected to the National Farmers & Laborers Union of America which held a "First State Convention" in Newton, Kansas on August 14, 1889.  The researcher also discovered a notation about a 1890 meeting that "564 (state) delegates attended."  Meetings were usually held in Topeka, but was one held in Newton?

We have found references to an 1889 meeting in Newton and an 1890 meeting of the "Farmer's Alliance" (later the Populist Party) where 144 votes were cast in Newton, Kansas.

So, the question is - does this little porcelain elephant have anything to do with the 1890 meeting? 
Can you help identify?

If you have information, please comment in the comment section of this blog or send an e-mail to HCHM Archivist at

Thank you for your help!

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