eBay, that wonderful online auction house for the everyman, is full of unique objects up for sale. When not searching for a new, “Inflatable Unicorn Horn” for my cat, I tend to do searches for Lincoln assassination related things. Most of the time it’s the same old books and prints. Yawn… Last week, however, I found myself bidding on, and winning, some truly one-of-a-kind Lincoln assassination tchotchkes: conspirator pins!
Though little description came with the pins, it appears as though some history minded Lions Club members decided to make pins for themselves based on the different conspirators. Each pin contains an image and name of a conspirator, a description of their involvement in a couple words, and, on the side, their ultimate fate. The pins also contain the name of the Lions Club person for whom the pin was presumedly made for.
You’ll notice they made the understandable error of confusing Hartman Richter’s mug shot for Dr. Mudd. It also appears that Michael O’Laughlen and Edman Spangler got a bit more facial hair. I’ll also leave it up to you to decide how accurate their descriptions of each conspirator is.
There were impulse buys, but not ones that I regret…yet. It just goes to show you that, no matter what you’re looking for, eBay can surprise you sometimes. Now I’m going back to searching for more practical things like the most affordable can of unicorn meat.