Victorian Mayor of Jersey City Locket

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In August 1883, during his second term as mayor, Taussig's rock candy company, Taussig & Hammerschlag, went out of business. In September, Taussig and his partner Moritz Hammerschlag were arrested and charged with fraud. The Havemeyer Sugar Refining Company brought a lawsuit against them claiming they were tricked into making a loan based on false financial statements. Taussig and Hammerschlag lost the suit in December 1884. Five months later, this over-the-top locket was "Presented to Isaac W. Taussig Mayor of Jersey City as a token of the esteem of his Constituents May 3rd, 1884". New Jersey: keeping politics shady since the 19th century.