Friday, February 27, 2015

Rare Abraham Lincoln Campaign Button Goes Under the Hammer

This ambrotype portrait of the 16th President was taken just hours before he delivered his famous address at New York’s Cooper Union in 1860. The image, captured by famous Civil War photographer Matthew Brady, probably appeared not only on pins but in engraved and lithographed portraits, woodcuts for weekly newspapers, and even caricatures. It required some gentle retouching as the original negative displayed “one eye looking in a different direction from the other.”As well several wrinkles required removal. It is expected to fetch between $4,000 and $6,000 at auction.

Front within a gilt metal frame

Back with pin, clasp, and an orange printed card reading
"FOR PRESIDENT/Hon. Abraham Lincoln.
No. 59 Court Street./BOSTON.,"

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