Ida McKinley Diamond Tiara Now On Display

The diamond tiara once owned, and worn by first lady Ida McKinley has made its way back home to Canton. It was recently purchased for $43,000 from the television shown “Pawn Stars” to Harrison, who is the co-owner of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop located in Las Vegas. Kimberly Kenney, a curator at the meseum has spoken to Harrison and learned that he had purchased the tiara with the intent of using it to raise money for the National Epilepsy Foundation, for which he is the national spokesperson.

The diamond tiara was created by J. Drecer & Son of New York between the years 1885-1906. The one of a kind tiara consists of two wings with a gold base, and each wing has roughly 100 diamonds with a sheet of platinum that is found between the gold base and diamonds. This assembly/design was very common during its time period. The wins are detachable and can be worn as matching brooches or pins.

“This would have been worn by McKinley only on very special occasions,” explained Kenney. “There is only one picture of her wearing it that we know of to exist. We have the photo, and it sits next to the tiara in the display case.”

The goal was met June 5 at the “An Evening of Civil War Music with Steve Ball” event. Donors were the first to view the tiara at a party held Tuesday. There were approximately 200 in attendance, according to Kenney.

The Canton McKinley Presidential Library and Museum is located at 800 McKinley Monument Drive N.W. in Canton. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors age 60 and above and $7 for children ages 3-18. Children 2 and under are free.


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