January 25, 2012
The Wildlife Pins of George G. Harris
By Phil Bourjaily
Twenty-seven years ago, George Harris of Englishtown, New Jersey was a truck driver with a degree in biology. He made a pewter trout pin for a local Trout Unlimited chapter and once he got started, he couldn't stop. Now he offers 500 different wildlife pins from popular gamebirds like the pheasant pin that I wear to bison and opossums.
Every step of the work, from sculpting the molds to painting the pins, is done at the shop in New Jersey he runs with his brothers. Harris' work is good, it's 100 percent made in the USA and the prices are reasonable: a fully painted pin costs $24. You can see the whole collection at ggharris.com.