|The picture below shows larger front and back views of all (3) Old Painted Cracker Jack Pop Corn Confection Pot Metal or Lead Miniature Toy Prize G Man Lapel Stud Button Badges in this lot. These are identical badges except They have green, gold, and silver paint. On the backs are molded lapel stud buttons. The badges have an eagle at the top, an insignia or emblem in the center with two people and a shield surrounded by rope, stars, scroll work and a shield at the bottom. They are also each marked “G MAN”. The Cracker Jack ID number for this prize is “Z-0767” and they were made in the 1930s and from The Cosmo Manufacturing Company of Chicago, Illinois.|
Many of the pot metal or lead prizes were manufactured by the Tootsietoy Company of Chicago, Illinois. There were other companies, including from Japan prior to World War II. Some of these type prizes were made specifically for Cracker Jack, while others were made as novelties, bought in volume, and used as prizes by The Cracker Jack Company. Pot metal or lead prizes were some of the earliest prizes that were used in Cracker Jack boxes from the 1910s to the late 1940s. Many of these type prizes or novelties were also sold out of old Johnson Smith & Company catalog as well as some other early novelty catalogs, also used in fortune telling sets, and some were also sold and used as board game parts. Many of these can be found factory painted, inked, or with no finish at all.
All three of these badges for one price! These lapel stud button badges each measure about 1'' x 1-3/8'' x 1/4''. They all appear to be in mint condition as pictured.