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Presentation Plaque


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post-6637-1111628485.jpgI found a broken down chair with a presentation plaque on it. The chair was disposed of but I have saved the plaque for the last 30 + years.

The Plaque is silver and reads:

PRESENT TO THE MEMBERS OF THE WIDE AWAKE CLUB

BY THE OFFICERS & NCOS AND MEN OF THE

121ST BATT. C.L.F.

AS A MARK OF APPRECIATION, MAY 23RD 1916

IN THE CENTRE OF THE PLAQUE IS A RAISED CREST OF THE 121 WESTERN IRISH CANADA.

Does anyone know the significance of this plaque.

Do any collectors wish to buy it?

Sincerely

Dave McGill

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Puzzler, Dave. The 121st didn't sail until August 1916, so we might assume that the Wide Awake Club was in the Vancouver or New Westminster area of British Columbia.

Googled, and found: >From the Dictionary of American History:

Wide-awakes, an antiforeign, anti-Catholic organization that flourished around 1850. In the presidential campaign of 1860, Republican marching clubs under this name arose everywhere. The first, in Hartford, Conn., wore black cambric capes when marching as protection against torch drippings. These were later replaced with oilcloth capes.

Musing: did an Orange Order in Vancouver-area have an establishment known as the Wide Awake Club?

Question: where did you get the chair? Are you in Britain or North America or ??

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