Rare 1899 Antique Rex Mardi Gras Souvenir Favor Carnival Krewe Hand Mirror
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Rare 1899 Antique Rex Mardi Gras Souvenir Favor Carnival Krewe Hand Mirror:
Up for sale this Very Rare Antique Mardi Gras Carnival Souvenir1899 Rex the King of Carnival Krewe Hand Mirror.Brass with Fancy Embossed Features.Front Reads CARNIVAL REX 1899 NEW ORLEANS.Back is Embossed with the Louisiana State Seal - Logo.The Front Also has a Shield Design Bezel Set Beveled Glass Mirror.Added Info on the 1899 Mardi GrasMARDI GRAS 1899: THE COLDEST DAY EVERY RECORDED IN NEW ORLEANS
The coldest temperature ever recorded in New Orleans was February 14,1899. Along with the all time low temperature of 6.80 F., snow and sleet were also falling. Oh yes, the day also happened to be Mardi Gras.
Approximately a week prior to Mardi Gras, with each day’s temperature breaking previous lows, people started to panic. They were concerned as to whether Rex would cancel their parade. Their anxieties were calmed when Rex put a proclamation in the newspaper several days prior to Mardi Gras. It stated that the parade would roll as usual, provided the good people cleared the parade route of snow and sleet in front of their homes. The people responded, and so did Rex.
Bright and early Mardi Gras morning, Walter Denegre, Rex that year,
was at the den readying himself with ample liquid libation. He also
protected his external with layers of thermal underwear. He looked quite
chubby in his royal regalia, but his body was as warm as toast. Exactly
on time as though the curtain had been raised to a great theatrical
production, Rex while still in the den, mounted his float. When the
giant doors swung open, a grateful and
appreciative crowd applauded violently. It was a most unusual sound, for the clapping was muffled by the gloves worn by the crowd. The king of Mardi Gras, to show his appreciation, greeted his subjects with a smile. Because of the extreme weather conditions, smiling for the entire parade provide to be the easiest thing he did all day – for the smile on his face was simply frozen.
With temperatures of 6.80 F., snow and sleet, the Rex parade that
year, if nothing else, proved that Mardi Gras is truly show business.
It is In Very Good Original Condition - See All 12 Pictures. / The Silver Backing on the Glass Mirror Has a Few Blemishes That Have Occurred with Age
VERY NICE INDEED!
IF YOU COLLECT ANTIQUE MARDI GRAS SOUVENIRS YOU WILL APPRECIATE THIS PIECE .
RESERVE IS LOW, TRY $139.00.
12 PICTURES TELL THE STORY.It Measures Approx. 6 1/2 Inches Long x 3 3/8 Inches Wide. All items will be shipped US Postal Priority Mail. INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING RATES ( SHIPPED VIA USPS INTERNATIONALEXPRESS MAIL / FULLY INSURED ) START AT $48.00. SHIPPING CAN BE COMBINED TO SAVE YOU MONEY IF YOU BUY MORE THAN ONE ITEM. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS. E-MAIL WELL AHEAD OF TIME WITH ANY QUESTIONS. THANKS,AND GOOD LUCK.