Medalet promoting James Blaine for president, 1884. White metal. DeWitt 1884-16. Holed for suspension.
Obv: Bust of Blaine to half left, inscription left, JAMES G., right, BLAINE. Rev: Inscription around, WE WILL FOLLOW WHERE THE WHITE PLUME WAVES, enclosing plumed knight on horseback in depressed center.
A leader of the conservative, or Stalwart Republicans, Senator James Gillespie Blaine of Maine was a man of such aristocratic bearing that he acquired the dignified sobriquet "Plumed Knight", and many Blaine campaign items incorporate chivalric iconography in their design. Blaine's nomination divided the party, and many reform-minded Republicans bolted the ticket to support the Democrat, Grover Cleveland.
Choice specimen of the signature Blaine campaign medalet.