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1864 Lincoln Campaign Ferrotype Stickpin
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $4,148
Exceptional Abraham Lincoln ferrotype stickpin dating from the 1864 presidential campaign. If one were a supporter of Lincoln for his second term in 1864, wearing a pin of this (or similar) style on your lapel made that clear. Ferrotypes such as these were the earliest political campaign pins. In our opinion, they also represent one of the best values in all of historic Americana collectibles. It's hard for us to believe that an original campaign pin of Abraham Lincoln can often (but not always; there are many exceptions!) be had for hundreds, as opposed to thousands, of dollars, but that is the case at present, though we believe this will be a distant memory someday. In the early 1980s, almost all Lincoln ferrotypes were worth approximately $200 each. Today, most of these early ferrotypes in top shape are worth (depending on design and condition) close to or more than $1,000. They looked like a bargain to us in the early 1980s, and they still look like a bargain to us! (Please note: anyone interested in political collectibles should consider joining the APIC. Contact REA for info.) This ferrotype pin features a bearded portrait of President Lincoln, with his name, "A. Lincoln," printed directly above. The ferrotype rests in a gold-colored circular platform (.75 in diameter) decorated with stars. The patent date, "Apr. 2, 1861," is printed on the front. The ferrotype displays a tiny scratch in the upper left and is in Excellent condition overall. Minor wear is evident along both the exterior and reverse. The stickpin measures 1.25 inches and is firmly affixed to the reverse. This is an outstanding original Lincoln campaign ferrotype dating from his second presidential campaign. Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $4,148
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