|The picture below shows a front and back view of this Old Cracker Jack Pop Corn Confection Pot Metal or Lead Toy Prize Water Wagon Lapel Stud Button. This Water Wagon is spraying water to keep dust down on old dirt roads. Two men are riding on top. It reads “ON THE WATER WAGON”.|
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.
This prize measures about 1-1/8'' x 7/8'' x 1/4''. It appears to be in excellent condition as pictured.