Circa 1900 New York & Cuba Mail S.S. Co. (Ward Line) Mexican Cruise Pin
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Circa 1900 New York & Cuba Mail S.S. Co. (Ward Line) Mexican Cruise Pin

Code: ol00001

$85.00

Product Description

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ARTIFACT: This is a pin for the New York & Cuba Mail Steamship Company, also called the Ward Line, after its founder, James Otis Ward. The company initially ran routes from New York to Havana and Nassau, and later expanded to include the "Mexican Cruise" and trips to Spain after World War I. One of the company's ships, the S.S. Morro Castle, mysteriously caught fire in 1934, killing a record 137 people. The tragedy seemed to start a chain of mishaps at sea that caused the company to abbreviate its name to Cuba Mail Line in hopes of reducing negative press.

VINTAGE: Circa 1900.

SIZE: About 1" in diameter.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Gilt silver with red, white and green enamel.

ATTACHMENT: Vertical pin with a tongue-style "C" catch.

MARKINGS: None.

ITEM NOTES: This is from a large collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. ebay VAJX01 LHEX

CONDITION: 7+ (Very Fine+): The pin shows very minor wear; enamel has minor surface scratches but is intact.

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.