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1868 Grant and Colfax Campaign Ferrotype
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $415
Exceptionally high grade and very scarce double-sided Grant-Colfax ferrotype, mounted in a circular brass matrix (1.125 inches in diamater), dating from the presidential campaign of 1868. One side pictures Ulysses S. Grant, while the other pictures his vice-presidential running mate, Schuyler Colfax. A prepunched hole at the top allows for insertion of a ribbon or thread so the ferrotype could be displayed on a lapel. Celluloid campaign pins were not invented until 1896. These early campaign ferrotypes are the "campaign pins" of an earlier era, and in our opinion represent one of the best values in all of historic Americana collectibles. These early presidential campaign ferrotypes are among the best kept secrets in all of collecting! When baseball collectors see ferrotypes in person, they are often stunned they even exist, let alone that most (though not all) are often still valued in the hundreds (as opposed to thousands) of dollars. (Please note: anyone interested in political collectibles should consider joining the APIC. Contact REA for info.) Ferrotypes are easily damaged and often have serious condition problems. This is a choice example, far superior to most. The Colfax side has only a very minor scratch; the Grant side is virtually perfect. Overall in strong Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $415
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