Champion Boot Black: 1866 Silver Award Badge From Chicago. Back in the day when professional shoeshines or bootblacks were recognized for their achievement, this would have been a highly coveted award worn with pride by the recipient! It is a 37mm solid silver pinback engraved with the notation, "Henry Hull Boot Black Champion Presented By the Citizens of Chicago 1866”. It appears to have been engraved on the planed down obverse of a silver half-dollar.
T-Bar pin missing on reverse, else fine.
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