• Political
Lot 1359


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HARVARD UNIVERSITY SILVER ZETA PSI FRATERNITY PENDANT FOR C.H.L. JOHNSTON (WASHINGTON, DC, 1877-1943), in the form of the Zeta and Psi Greek letters with bail to top, featuring one side engraved "RHO / Harvard / CHAPTER" and "T K [Phi letter] / 1847", and the other side with "C.H.L. Johnston. '99". Unmarked, of unknown silver fineness, possibly silver-plated. Total weight: 0.705 ozt. Late 19th century. 1 7/8" HOA, 1 1/4" WOA.
Catalogue Note: The original owner is identified as Charles Haven Ladd Johnston, who was born on July 17, 1877 in Washington, DC to parents William Waring Johnston (1843-1902) and Esther Dashiell Ladd (1847-1891). Charles attended Harvard University as a part of the Class of 1899. This pendant indicates he was a member of the Zeta Psi Fraternity, which became a Harvard final club in 1900, eventually being renamed "Spee Club" in 1914.
After graduating, he worked as an instructor of English at Harvard University and Massachusetts of Technology for a time. He married his first wife Edith Marion Newlands (1876-1965) in 1903, and they had two sons, but they divorced around 1916. Charles went on to marry Eunice Sarah "Birdie" Abbott (1870-1956) later in his life. For his profession, Charles was a poet, author, and real estate broker, writing many U.S. historical books including Famous Frontiersmen and Heroes of the Border; Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea; Famous Scouts; and Famous Cavalry Leaders. He died on September 8, 1943 and is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington, DC.


Very good overall condition with some wear, moderate surface scratches with some being heavy, and spots of polishing residue.

Collection of the late Al and Billy Steidel, Alexandria, VA.