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543. “For President.” An 1860 campaign standard marrying the patriotism of the American flag with partisan support for the Republican ticket. Measures 12 x 8″ with original stitching along left edge from having been affixed to a stick in order to be waived. No pointless hype here… you know what this is. (If you don’t, you shouldn’t bid!) This is a GREAT example.
544. (Free Soil Party) An important, unusual, and rare political broadside, 9 x 19″, Lafayette, Ind., June 17,  attacking the nascent Free Soil Party in Indiana. The broadside is labeled as “A FAC SIMILIE — EXCEPT THE NIGGER” with a derogatory vignette of a black man in shabby clothes ringing a bell at left. The broadside mimics an organizing broadside adding an account of a Free Soil meeting in Lafayette, Indiana on June 17, 1848. The broadside is headed “J. J. BINGHAM” the editor of the Indiana State Sentinel, “Mr. Bright’s Special Organ” concerning a meeting to organize “AN INDEPENDENT POLITICAL MOVEMENT…ON THIS, (THURSDAY EVENING,) Of those who are unwilling to wear the galling yoke of party, as prepared for them by heartless, dishonest, trading politicians of the North, at the bidding of the SLAVERY PROPAGANDISTS of the South…TO THOSE WHO DARE TO BE FREE INDEED. COUNTRYMAN AWAKE! BOUND INTELLECTUALLY AND MORALLY BY PARTY SHACKLES, YOUR BETTER HALF IS ENSLAVED!!” The party, here labeled as the “Independence Party” is actually the Free Soil Party in Indiana which was a Democratic splinter group which nominated Martin Van Buren and Charles Francis Adams for the presidency. The printer of the broadside adds an account of the June 17 meeting, excerpted from the Journal-Extra of Lafayette, Ind., that reads in part: “A large and enthusiastic meeting of the voters of Tippecanoe County, without reference to and independent of party, was held at the Court House…for the purpose of expressing their sentiments in reference to the action of the National Convention of the Whig and Democratic parties…” The meeting passed several resolutions including a July 4 rally and an interstate organizing drive, and most importantly, “That while in General Lewis Cass we recognize the political weathercock, trimming to every breeze, the finished demagogue perfected by thirty years of assiduous study and practical experience— yet with only two years’ imitation of his detestable example under the finished training of Southern politicians, he has been equaled, if not surpassed by his illustrious opponent, Gen. Zachary Taylor, and that as Whigs and democrats, we solemnly protest against the elevation of either of them to the Presidency.” The piece closes by noting that “While the masses of the old world are gloriously contending for popular rights, for Universal, Civil and religious Liberty, shall the Model Republic, the ‘home of liberty and the asylum for the oppressed of all nations,’ feel no sympathy for those who are so nobly battling for the ‘inalienable rights ‘ of man? Let the ‘peculiar institution’ be confined, and entrenched within its constitutional limits, but let those who are free in name be free indeed, and say to the polluting and accursed evil of Slavery, thus far shalt thou come, but no further, and that the soil that is now free, shall forever remain free!…” The broadside’s author, “G.T.” adds some commentary on bottom identifying “J. J. Bingham” as “…the individual who has undertaken to kick the Democracy of Marion county out of the party— who has branded as ‘disorganizers,’ men whose whole political lives have been devoted to the best interests of Democracy…” The Free Soil Party’s presidential ticket lost in 1848 and again in 1852. The compromise of 1850 served to undermine the party, elements of which went on to form the Republican Party in 1854. A few marginal chips, a few minor ink spots affecting only a few words of text, very light foxing, usual folds, else fine condition. (Ex-Oliver Barrett Collection.) A spectacular and rare broadside, the only edition we have encountered. (Est. $3,000-4,000)
Spectacular 1856 Buchanan broadside with content!
545. 24 x 34″ broadside mounted on kraft paper, Ithaca, N.Y., September 6, 1856. This imposing relic of the election of 1856 (the first national election for the newly-founded Republican Party) was issued as a call for Democratic voters of Ithaca to form a Buchanan and Breckinridge Club at “Grant’s New Block” on September 9th, subsequently to meet at the Ithaca Village Hall on the 12th. The meeting was to be addressed by former Governor Horatio Seymour and the current Democratic nominee for governor, Judge Joel Parker. Voters are exhorted to “…sustain the Union and the glorious Constitution…and put down Now and Forever the sectional and treasonable designs of the Sworn Enemies of the Union Who would sacrifice all the rich blessings which we, as a nation enjoy, and involve our country in the hazards of war and blood and desolation, inevitably consequent upon the Dissolution of the Union And Who, for that object, seek to invest Congress with a power over Slavery which the Constitution no where authorizes or implies, and strip the Freemen who may migrate into any of our Territories of these rights, privileges and immunities which they now enjoy, and which the Constitution secures to them alike in States and in Territories…help us to strip the flimsy veil from the Motley Combination of Abolitionists of the various stripes and colors, who, under the cant name of Republican, which Jefferson exposed as meaning Federal, are making a spasmodic and expiring effort to DISSOLVE OUR GLORIOUS UNION.” Numerous faults, overall browning, a variety of small tears repaired on verso with frosted tape, missing small section top left and bottom right corner. Overall, quite presentable. In hindsight, the concerns of these Buchanan partisans were well-founded and prescient, in light of the events of four years later. Without doubt, on of the finest and most important antebellum political broadsides extant! (Est. $5,000-7,000)
546. Broadside announcing the Declaration of Rights and Constitution for the State of Maryland. A most historic event – to be voted for in June 1851 – ending the position of the Church of England as the state-supported religion, and granted all Christians, including Roman Catholics, freedom of worship. Article 21 notes that although no free man will be deprived of his life, liberty or property, the Legislature maintains the “regulation and disposition of the free coloured population.” This remarkable broadside, two pages (one sheet), 12″ x 18″, is entitled “Constitution of Maryland, to be voted on the first Wednesday of June 1851” and outlines the Declaration of Rights as well as the Constitution of the State of Maryland. The Maryland Constitution of 1776 was the first of four constitutions under which the state of Maryland has been governed. It was that state’s basic law from its adoption in 1776 until the Maryland Constitution of 1851 took effect on July 4th of that year. The document included a Declaration of Rights. In addition to freedom of religion, free blacks who met the property qualifications continued to be eligible to vote. The declaration stated that all power emanated from the people and that the governors were accountable to the people. The current Constitution of Maryland, ratified by their people in 1867, stands as that state’s basic law – replacing the short-lived Maryland Constitution of 1864. It is the fourth constitution under which the state has been governed. (It was last amended in 2002.) Light scattered foxing, otherwise fine. Exceptionally rare. (Est. $3,000-4,000)
547. Election of 1856 “National Political Chart of the United States.” 30 x 38″ chart depicting the presidential and vice-presidential candidates of the three political parties that fielded candidates in 1856 (Buchanan & Breckinridge for the Democrats, Fillmore & Donelson for the American or Know Nothing Party, and Fremont & Dayton for the newly-created Republicans). Contains platforms of the parties and acceptance speeches of the candidates, as well as statistical and demographic information for the free and slave states. Published by A. Ranney of New York. Hand-colored in pink, rose, yellow, cyan and pale green. Professionally mounted on 1/16″ acid-free board. Some light wear at folds and a handful of minor areas of loss. Generally in excellent condition. This is the first political chart of its kind issued for a presidential election. They would continue to be published in subsequent elections for the next forty years. A great display piece! (Est. $1,500-1,800)
548. An unusual broadside edition of Lincoln’s second inaugural address, 13.5 x 19″ published by James Miller, New York. Two tears expertly repaired, backed with archival tissue, small loss at upper left, else fine condition. A rare issue. (Est. $600-800)
549. (Bleeding Kansas) A fine broadside, 8 x 11 1/2″, Sandy-Hill, May 28, 1856 announcing a “Freeman RALLY At the Court House… without distinction of party, to take into consideration the recent infamous outrage in the United State’s Senate, and the state of affairs in Kansas…” The week of May 28, 1856 was a wild one to say the least. On May 21, a band of pro-slavery men ransacked the town of Lawrence, Kansas, burning the Free State Hotel and destroying two printing presses. The following day, Congressman Preston Brooks caned Charles Sumner on the Senate floor. And two days later, John Brown led a party in a gruesome attack on a pro-slavery settlement at Pottawatomie Creek, Kansas, dragging men from their homes and hacking them to death with sabers. Many consider this last action as the opening salvo of the Civil War. Top margin bears one minor tear, light creases, very good. (Est. $800-1,000)
550. A good 1864 pro-Lincoln broadside, 10 x 12″ headed “THE TWO ROADS TO PEACE!” contrasting the platforms of the rival party conventions in Chicago and Baltimore, the former promoting a cessation of hostilities, the latter for the total defeat of the Rebels. Light foxing and folds, else very good. One of the scarcer issues of this sort from 1864. (Est. $200-300)
551. 1864 anti-Copperhead Horatio Seymour broadside. Great political content comparing New York Governor Seymour to notorious Revolutionary War turncoat Benedict Arnold. Likens charges made by Seymour against Lincoln, point by point, to those leveled by Arnold against Washington and the Continental Congress. The author consigns the Copperhead dissidents to the same fate as the Tories. This broadside, dated September 19, 1864, is considered a Lincoln re-election piece, and one of the most interesting of its genre we have encountered. 10 x 12″, a fine example. (Est. $400-600)
552. Campaigning as Lincoln’s running-mate in 1864! Exceptionally colorfully worded broadside, 8 1/2 x 11 1/2″ with slightly irregular margins, promoting the candidacy of Andrew Johnson. Mentions that he had already accepted the nomination for Vice President. “Who Shall Be Vice President? Shall He Be A Loyal Or Disloyal Man?” Opens by discussing the importance of that office by reminding citizens what happened in 1840 when General Harrison was elected and quickly died; and again in 1848 when General Taylor was elected and similarly passed away – and how, in both instances, the V.P. assumed the role! Entire statement above printed signature of Johnson who compares his record against that of George Pendleton who was running as McClellan’s V.P. for the Democratic Party. He lambasts Pendleton’s record who “…has taken part in every single instance, in every vote he has given and in every speech he has made…taken ground against the government and in favor of the rebels!…Look at his record…We defy his supporters to cite a solitary instance in which he has voted to aid the government in putting down the Rebellion!…Is that the sort of man you would like to see Vice Pres. with the chance of becoming President?” Johnson sets forth his own record and says about the rebels “I would have them arrested and tried for treason and if convicted…they should suffer the penalty of the law at the hands of the executioner…” It concludes with “If you wish to vote for Johnson, you can only do it in voting for Lincoln..!” Issued by The National Union Executive Committee N.Y. Just light, normal aging, excellent. (Est. $400-600)
553. (People’s Party Convention of 1863?) A fascinating and extremely rare broadside, 11 x 17 1/2″, Watertown, N.Y., Feb. 11, 1864, announcing the “Proceedings of the People’s Convention! Held in the city of Columbus, State of Ohio, December 23d, 1863…” It declares the unanimous nomination of the “‘Hon. John L. Dunlap,’ of New York… for president of the United States in 1864 and Major General U.S. Grant, of Illinois… for Vice President.” Below a large image of an eagle on the American shield and slogans including “Trust in God, and keep your Powder Dry!”, are transcripts of official communications nominating Dunlap for President, and Dunlap’s letter accepting the nomination together with a notice that “Dr. Dunlap will visit Troy, Albany, New York, and Washington in a few days. Be sure and keep your powder dry, the old war horse of the North is Coming!” What is most curious about this broadside is that after some time researching the “People’s Convention” and the Dunlap-Grant ticket, we are finding NO information whatsoever leading us to the conclusion that was a fantasy piece, likely concocted by Dr. Dunlap, of Watertown, N.Y. The document appears to recall the tumultuous Free-Soil “People’s Convention” of 1848 organized by future Treasury Secretary, Salmon P. Chase. That a fictional convention would support the “nomination” of Grant for Vice President is consistent with the great public dissatisfaction towards Lincoln’s administration at the close of 1863, and foreshadowed the future candidacy of another general, George B. McClellan. (We suppose that Grant was unable to accept the nomination!) A few minor toned spots and creases, a few marginal chips, else fine condition. (Est. $750-1,000)
554. Lincoln and Johnson campaign print. This very rare lithograph was published by E. B. Kellogg of Hartford, a competitor of Currier & Ives. It follows the Grand National Banner format. Titled simply: “Abraham Lincoln. Andrew Johnson. President and Vice-President.” The Union nominees are shown within wreaths, an American eagle and displayed flags above, a semi-nude figure of Justice, horns of plenty, a locomotive and shipyard below. Hand-tinted in blue, cyan and yellow. Moderately and evenly toned with very minor loss in left border. Ample, untrimmed borders and housed in a period ogee frame. The Currier & Ives counterpart has an auction record of $15,000. This is only the second example of the Kellogg we have seen at auction. (Est. $5,000-7,500)
555. Lincoln and Johnson campaign print. Incredibly, we offer a second example of the highly-elusive Kellogg lithograph. It measures 9 1/4 x 13 1/2″. It is titled “Abraham Lincoln. Andrew Johnson. Union Candidates for President and Vice-President.” This example has the imprint of Golden & Sammons of Chicago, an affiliate of Kellogg. Hand-colored in blue, red, rose, yellow, light green and cyan. Light to moderate toning, borders slightly trimmed, loss at top as shown. Some creases and minor restoration to one small section of broder. Neatly framed, colorful and most presentable. (Est. $1,200-1,800)
556. The 1864 “Democratic Grand National Banner” by Currier & Ives. This example, mounted to academy board, has been trimmed to the jugate graphic as shown. An intact example sells at the $1,200+ level. If over-matted, this graphic campaign poster still presents nicely – the colors are bright. (Est. $300-500)
557. Stephen Douglas campaign print. 16 x 20″ black and white medium folio lithograph by Currier & Ives titled “Hon. Stephen A. Douglas. Democratic Candidate for Sixteenth President of the United States.” A clean example, housed in a period, if not the original frame. (We actually prefer this to hand-colored versions which tend to be gaudy. If you are fortunate to own the Lincoln mate, this is a must-have! – or a nice stand-alone! (Est. $600-800)
558. [1838 Poll Sheet] Stephen Douglas’ first attempt at national office…losing to Lincoln’s law partner! Of all extant poll books and poll sheets, these are most likely the scarcest…predating the 1840 campaign. A two-sided poll sheet, most likely Morgan County, Illinois, listing Stephen Douglas and John T. Stuart as the candidates for Congress that year. Douglas was unsuccessful as a Democratic candidate for election in 1838 (to the twenty-sixth Congress) losing to Lincoln’s law partner for the past year John T. Stuart. In this same race, Lincoln was reelected to the Illinois State Legislature. Just a few days prior to this election, the two candidates held a contentious debate in Springfield – Stuart, in a fit of anger, lifted Douglas “contemptuously into the air” and the Little Giant retaliated biting Stuart’s thumb! (Now that’s politics!) Numerous other names of candidates have historical association including John J. Hardin (running for Representative). A very scarce relic, in excellent condition, that displays quite well. (Est. $400-600)
559. Both Lincoln and Herndon as Electors in the campaign of 1856…supporting the newly formed Republican Party. [1856 Poll Book] The election of 1856 took place against the backdrop of border-skirmish warfare in “Bleeding Kansas” with a country divided over slavery. The traditional parties were in trouble giving rise to a new party formed in complete opposition to the extension of slavery to new territories: the Republican Party. James Buchanan, a compromise candidate selected on the 17th ballot by the Democrats, included platform support for the compromise of 1850, opposed federal interference in slavery, and supported the building of the transcontinental railroad. Republican opponent John Fremont ran on a multi-tiered platform that included halting the admission of new slave territories. Millard Fillmore ran on the third-party “Know-Nothing” ticket which consisted of those opposed to immigration and to Catholic influence. The slogan of the Republican party in the campaign was “Free Speech, Free Press, Free soil, Free Men, Fremont and Victory!” Such sentiments resonated with Lincoln. The Democrats claimed that the South would not stand for a Fremont victory and would break away from the Union and secede. The election was decided in the Northeast where enough voters feared such threats choosing Buchanan as a “lesser of two evils” compromise. This relic from that campaign, a complete poll book, 8 x 14″, usual folds/age/tones, blue pages affixed together by green ribbon, Morgan County, Illinois, chronicles votes for Electors, those running for Congress, for Governor, and various other offices. Among the names detailed in manuscript is “A. Lincoln” running to be an Elector in that race. As an Elector, he canvassed hard for the party – delivering more than fifty campaign speeches that year…including his only trip to Michigan in which he stumped for Fremont to a crowd of more than 10,000 at Kalamazoo. Interestingly, Lincoln would receive 110 votes for vice president at the Philadelphia Republican Convention. We also find numerous others listed…names that resonate in Lincoln history. A lovely, evocative, and quite scarce display item from just four years prior to Lincoln winning the national contest. (Est. $700-900)
560. [1856 Presidential Election] November 1856. A large partly-printed tally sheet, 17 x 22″ recording the votes placed for Democratic and Republican electors of the President and Vice-President in Deer Creek Township, Carroll County Indiana. The tally of votes for each of the electors is shown. Accompanied by an additional multi-page document being the poll book of those casting votes and a one page certification. A fine grouping related to the presidential election which brought James Buchanan the presidency. Great! (Est. $200-400)
561. Poll Book from 1860 Presidential Election, Wyoming Precinct, 14 pgs., folio. Extensive poll book listing electors for the 1860 presidential campaign, major candidates listed…Breckinridge & Lane, Bell & Everett, Douglas & Johnson.. BUT no Lincoln & Hamlin! Why the “Railsplitter” is not listed is not known, quite unusual. Fine, wear to outer wraps. (Est. $200-300)
562. One of the great rarities in political campaign torches… this design considered specific to the Lincoln rallies of 1860. Cataloged by Herb Collins in Political Campaign Torches (Smithsonian, 1964) as Item #8 “Eagle Torch–1860.” Certainly among the most desired of all the political campaign torches. Handsome, large, all brass eagle (about 9 inches wide by 10 inches high overall). Made in two die stamped brass sections with large hollow center section and a small brass oil lamp inset at the top of each hollow wing with the wicks still intact. Very deep age patina to the brass, a few spots of solder repair blend nicely. Completely authentic with a good amount of original gilt. These were meant to be carried on a long wooden pole affixed to a swivel top to keep them always upright, original holes from original wire attachment at base of wings. One side of the body is indented but doesn’t really impact the presentation. Very few trade hands…we sold a mint example for almost $9,000 three years ago. A most handsome piece of Lincolniana-Americana that displays well. (Est. $3,500-5,000)
563. The largest campaign “doughnut.” Lincoln-Hamlin back-to-back ferrotype ‘doughnut’. Similar to DeWitt AL-1860-77. Fine copper shell with Lincoln portrait #1, 47mm. Both portraits clear and undamaged although somewhat dark with an opaque quality. This is the largest of the 1860 ferros made – it is worth noting that this rounded, three-dimensional frame was ONLY used in the 1860 campaign. Of the examples known, most show their age. A minty, brighter specimen would command close to $10,000…this should well be worth… (Est. $4,000-6,000)
564. Large 41mm., raised shell ferrotype – a Douglas and Johnson 1860 “doughnut”. A thin emulsion scratch at Douglas’ nose and area of darkness at shoulder, some loss to lettering of Johnson’s name. A mint specimen would certainly bring several thousand…this representative example of a sizable political from the Little Giant’s failed campaign should be worth…(Est. $1,000-1,200)
565. Lincoln-Hamlin back-to-back ferrotype doughnut badge. Sullivan-DeWitt AL-1860-87A, 30 mm. with loop. The Lincoln side is bright and clear, with a very light scratch on his forehead. The Hamlin side is bright and clear as well, but with some chipping to the edge, not affecting the portrait but impacting the top of a few letters in his name. Also with some extremely fine crazing on the Hamlin side, visible only upon magnification. All-in-all, quite a nice specimen. (Est. $800-1,200)
566. 30mm. Lincoln and Hamlin “doughnut” in a silvered-copper frame. The Lincoln side is lost, the side with his running-mate is bright and clean. This could display nicely side-by-side with an intact example or is an affordable opportunity to those collecting Vice Presidents! (OPEN)
567. Lincoln-Hamlin back-to-back ferrotype doughnut badge. Sullivan-DeWitt AL-1860-107, 25 mm., silvered copper. The Lincoln portrait is a little dark as made, but bold and in sharp focus. The frame retains about 30% of the original silvering. The Hamlin side is essentially flawless, retaining about 75% of the original silvering. Fairly scarce. (Est. $800-1,000)
569. Lincoln-Hamlin back-to-back ferrotype badge, Sullivan-DeWitt AL-1860-97 in gilt brass. Both portraits are essentially undamaged with smooth, glossy surfaces. The Lincoln side, featuring the Cooper Union portrait, is quite nice. Retains much of the original gilding. (Est. $800-1,000)
570. Bell-Everett back-to-back ferrotype badge. Sullivan-DeWitt JBELL-1860-29. The Bell ferro has three black marks in the background; otherwise, both images are clear and bold.
About as pretty an example as found!
571. An exceptionally clean cased tintype with great clarity, sharpness, and contrast. Housed in a velvet-lined thermo case with accents made to appear like mother-of-pearl, some losses to front surface of case, 2 x 2 1/4″ overall, a pretty presentation piece. These keepsakes were treasured in the 1860s…and remain so today! (Est. $1,500-2,500)
572. A prohibitively rare 1864 campaign ferro. (AL-1864-22) Brass with crimped-in-place tintype, 27mm., lacking loop at top of frame, Johnson side has significant loss to emulsion, Lincoln — the side to display! — is a tad dark but overall clean. There are very few of these large ’64 politicals extant…fewer than five known. (Est. $1,000-1,200)
573. Lincoln-Johnson back-to-back ferrotype badge. Sullivan-DeWitt AL-1864-103 with loop for suspension. Quite a nice specimen. The portraits are clear and bold. The Lincoln has two chips along the right edge, the Johnson side is particularly bold with a couple of minor spots of bubbling of the emulsion along the right side. It retains much of the original gilding. This is a rare example of an 1864 ferro. (Est. $1,000-1,400)
574. Lincoln and Johnson ferro, AL-1864-103, brass shell, 22mm. Light marks and spotting to the obverse emulsion; the reverse shows that someone clearly had disdain for the Tennessee Governor — intentionally scratching off Johnson’s face! A mint example would command $1,500… this ferro still presents well with a strong portrait (after all… this is the side you want to display!). (Est. $300-400)
575. Outstanding George B. McClellan campaign ferrotype. An exceedingly rare 1864 star badge, the mate to the Lincoln cataloged by Sullivan/DeWitt as AL 1864-82. The ferro measures 5/8″ in diameter and the star measures 2″ from point to point. It is in superb condition save for a portion of the pin missing on the reverse. Of those known this is certainly one of the finest. (Est. $3,000-3,500)
576. Rail Splitter token. A fine example of Sullivan/DeWitt AL-1860-10, a classic in white metal, 38mm., using a handsome raised profile of the young Lincoln – his visage made after the photograph by Alexander Hesler. (Est. $500-750)
577. The large Rail Splitter token (AL-1860-10), silvered white metal, 38mm., some light toning, by Childs of Chicago with a portrait based on the photograph by Alexander Hesler of that city, February 28, 1857. It is believed that this was the first campaign medal struck following the Republican Convention in Chicago. Usually found holed at top, a nice specimen.
578. From the Zabriskie Collection! Another specimen from a group lot disbursed eight years ago. The classic Rail Splitter token, DeWitt AL-1860-41, this specimen from one of the group offerings in the sale of the Capt. Andrew C. Zabriskie Collection sold by Sotheby’s in June 1999. Silvered brass, 28mm., AU, retaining practically all the original silvering. Reverse especially pretty. Fabulous condition with superb provenance!
579. Another classic Rail Splitter token, copper, a fine specimen. We note examples now bringing $400 in certain venues…this remains one of the truest campaign items from this pivotal race. (Est. $200-250)
580. Stephen Douglas campaign medal. Sullivan-DeWitt SD-1860-2 in white metal, 38 mm. Choice Uncirculated condition with high lustre. There is one small spot of tin pest by the eagle’s head on the reverse. This may be the finest example we have encountered. Sure to please! (Est. $300-400)
581. Stephen Douglas campaign medal. Sullivan-DeWitt SD-1860-5 in white metal, 36 mm. Produced by Childs of Chicago, a companion piece to AL-1860-10, in the original matte finish. Uncirculated condition with extremely sharp detail and virtually no wear. This is perhaps our favorite Douglas medal wherein he predicts that “The Union of the States will be perpetual” if his political maxims are followed. (Est. $200-300)
582. Stephen Douglas campaign medal. Sullivan-DeWitt SD-1860-12, 28 mm. in tan composition or lava. For some reason, these high-relief cast medals were only produced for Lincoln and Douglas. We are not sure what the slogan “Protection for All at Home and Abroad” was supposed to signify. It is a slogan that is more appropriate for us in the 9/11 era. A perfect, flawless specimen. (Est. $200-300)
583. Pair of unattributed medal and Civil War “Dog Tags.” Two (2) examples, the larger is uninscribed with a blank reverse, the other, 28mm., is an early specimen, “War of 1861,” inscribed with the name of the combatant “Lieut. Armitage.” (Est. $150-250)
584. McClellan military/campaign medal. Sullivan-DeWitt GMcC-1864-7 in white metal. This medal by Frederic B. Smith of New York was made with three different reverses. This version that alludes to the Army of the Potomac was likely issued in 1862. We believe #6 was the one issued for the campaign of 1864. Choice Uncirculated with highly reflective surfaces.
585. John Brown “martyr medalet.” A scarce example of Sullivan/DeWitt SL-1859-1, white metal, 32mm., “Slavery The Sum of All Villainies.” A fine tribute to the man who championed the plight of Blacks through bloodshed and violence – it depicts Brown hanging from a scaffold with the proclamation that “Resistance To Tyranny Is Obedience To God 1859.” A VF example. (Est. $250-300)
586. Civil War-era pin. An interesting and unusual pin bearing the words “FAITH HOPE
CHARITY” surrounding a fountain and an all-seeing eye at center. 21 mm., scarce.
587. Rare Robert E. Lee war-date tintype by Abbott. One-sixteenth plate in embossed copper frame with loop for attachment at top. Pink title-card on verso reads “General Lee, Of Confederate Army.” Issued circa 1862. Much scarcer than the Jeff Davis and Alexander Stephens varieties. Excellent condition. (Est. $600-800)
589. A rare example of an uncut unmounted albumen sheet of gem-sized portraits of Union generals and cabinet members. Designed to be cut and mounted into lockets, to find an uncut example is highly unusual. Note that there are at least two examples of each portrait on the sheet. Overall in very good condition , a few marginal tears and a loss at the left bottom affecting the duplicate portrait of Nathaniel Lyon. (Est. $400-600)
590. “President Abraham Lincoln in Camp at Antietam 1862. Made in France.” We believe this to be a period item dating to the Civil War, a small monocular form in ivory with brass fitting. When held to light, it displays a micro-photograph (example pictured representative of what one sees). The first we’ve seen! (Est. $600-800)
591. The 1860 Japanese Embassy Medal…celebrating the culmination of Commodore Perry’s expedition to the East! The first Japanese embassy to the West opened in the U.S. in 1860, just months before the outbreak of the War. On February 13, 1860, the military ruler of Japan, the Shogun, sent delegates clad in traditional native gowns, to present their credentials to “his Majesty, the President of the United States,” to formally open relations. The ambassadors and their staff sailed from Yokohama with 50 tons of Japanese baggage,100,000 readily negotiable Mexican dollars, and a large supply of Japanese food. The vessel that carried them from Japan to San Francisco, their first port-of-call, was the navy frigate Powhatan, one of the steam-powered paddle-wheelers Perry had employed in “opening” Japan. The ceremony that followed at the White House inspired massive displays of patriotism and hospitality in America’s major cities. This was a momentous event that propelled the Nippon State from total isolation to eventual global power. This medal, 9.5mm. thick, 76mm. across, appearing quite uncirculated save very light rubbed areas in background, is marked on reverse “In Commemoration of the First Embassy From Japan to the United States 1860.” Signed on the obverse by Paquet, a desirable example. (Est. $350-450)
592. A lovely specimen of the U.S. Mint’s Lincoln Peace medal, this with the unsigned “2nd reverse”, enjoying a deep, rich mahogony patina. Just a hint of light surface scratches on the obverse in the background, overall a really nice example. In recent years these have skyrocketed in value reflecting the increased appreciation for Lincoln in exonumia. (Est. $600-800)
593. An 1867 Andrew Johnson medal, artistry by the fifth engraver of the U.S. Mint William Barber (1807-79). In an effort to claim his place in history, the reverse proclaims With Courage and Fidelity He Defended the Constitution and by Justice and Magnanimity Restored Alienated States. (“Magnanimity,” geez…talk about an attribute usually overlooked!) 72mm., rich patina, minor toning with a few light spots in field, a very good example of a scarce issue. (Est. $600-800)
594. In our humble opinion, one of the greatest masterpieces of political Americana: the1860 Lincoln-Hamlin silk
jugate ribbon. A rare political ribbon bearing engraved images by J.C. Buttre of candidates Lincoln and Hamlin, executed after photograph portraits made by Mathew Brady. Measures 2 3/4″ x 6 1/2″ with an elegant brocade pattern in the fabric. Tiny, barely noticeable mark on Hamlin, the portraits are incredibly sharp and clean. This lovely textile is certainly one of the brightest specimens known and represents the absolute zenith of campaign memorabilia that collectors covet. (Est. $8,000-10,000)
595. And, to go with the preceding: the extremely rare Breckinridge and Lane jugate. Considered a “Holy Grail” item, this campaign silk likewise uses Buttre portraits after photos by Brady. 2 1/2″ x 7″, very light non-consequential horizontal crease at middle, an elegant brocade pattern at the margins. John Cabell Breckinridge served as James Buchanan’s Vice President, the youngest man to hold that office. Running as the Southern Democrat candidate against Abraham Lincoln in 1860, he was a Senator from Kentucky for nine months in 1861 until being expelled by resolution. Breckinridge served as a Major General in the Confederate Army and was responsible for the defense of Vicksburg in 1862. In 1865 he was Secretary of War in the Cabinet of the Confederate States before escaping to Europe. He returned to Lexington from Europe in 1869 where he resumed his law practice. Only two specimens of this ribbon have traded hands in the past decade; in the inaugural HCA auction in 1995, an example sold for $10,000. The portraits are incredibly sharp and clean. A superior political. (Est. $10,000-15,000)
596. Bell and Everett jugate mate. John Bell, a Senator from Tennessee, was a leader of the Whig Party. In 1860, he ran as the Constitutional Union party nominee. A slave owner, Bell was considered moderate for his conciliatory position on admitting new territories without slavery – a position that infuriated southern politicians and made him a compromise candidate that could be supported by Northerners and former Whigs. Interestingly, his running-mate in opposing the Lincoln ticket, Edward Everett, is best known for sharing the platform with Lincoln at Gettysburg on November 19, 1863. Light spot, mark in silk at Bell’s portrait, insignificant fabric pulls/folds, a nice specimen to “marry together” the other two! (Est. $2,000-2,500)
597. “Union and Liberty.” A great 1860 campaign silk from Michigan with Lincoln coat-tail support for Austin Blair, candidate for Governor. 2 1/2 x 6″ on green silk, minor age/foxing detracts little, clip at bottom corner. A strong voice opposing slavery, Blair was a delegate to the 1860 Republican National Convention that nominated Lincoln. As wartime Governor, he actively supported the Union cause raising several regiments of troops. A nice example of the “big head” (Cooper Union) portrait on a political textile. (Est. $2,000-3,000)
598. Highly pleasing “Honest Abe” campaign ribbon. Quite frankly, we’re suckers for any campaign item that says “Honest Abe” or “Honest Old Abe.” This 3 x 6″ ribbon from 1860 has a beardless portrait beneath an eagle, flanked by two American flags. Condition is outstanding, with only some teensy flyspecks toward the bottom and the original hole from its straight pin attachment. This is a real gem! (Est. $2,000-2,500)
599. A classic Douglas silk: “The Union, Now and Forever.” Sullivan/Fischer #SD-14, bright, black on white, 2 1/2 x 6 1/4″, quite vibrant and clean save for a light square at bottom from where tape had been removed. Look at this woodcut of the Little Giant! Is that a mug or what?!? (Est. $1,200-1,500)
600. “Buchanan, Breckinridge and the Union!” 2 1/2 x 7″ silk in deep red, a few light spots as shown, James Buchanan remains history’s “worst” president. (That ranking affirmed again this year.) An Ambassador to Russia and later Sec. of State under Polk, Buchanan served in both the House and Senate from Pennsylvania. Our only bachelor President, Buchanan’s election during the height of the crisis over slavery all but assured a polarization of the parties in 1860. The exclamation of “Union!” is somewhat ironic given events soon to unfold. Scarce. (Est. $1,000-1,500)
601. From the pivotal campaign of 1856: a multicolored Millard Fillmore campaign ribbon. Fillmore, President 1850-53, succeeded to office following the death of Zachary Taylor. This silk with fabulous stars and stripes color lettering was from his run as a “Know-Nothing” (American Party) candidate in 1856. (Sullivan/Fischer #MF-11.) Fold at top , 1/2″ vertical separation at top, 2 1/2 x 8 1/2″, minor age with light crease at bust, the red and blue detailing is great. (Est. $1,200-1,800)
602. Lincoln woven ribbon. 2 x 8″ Stevensgraph ribbon in red, blue and black, exported by Thomas Stevens of Coventry, England for the 1865 presidential inauguration. The “Speed portrait” of Lincoln is titled “President Lincoln”. An eagle, shield, circle of stars and crossed flags comprise the patriotic design elements. Two very light spots of discoloration at top, else a clean and bright example, lacking only the tassel. An example from last year’s auction, with tassel, sold for $900. (Est. $400-600)
603. Mourning Ribbon. A wonderful example, a 5 x 9″ Swiss silk ribbon reissued in 1866 as a mourning piece. Loss at right expertly restored with matching silk backing throughout. A great example, bright, vivid color and detail. (Est. $300-500)
A Bevy of Beautiful Ballots
605. 4 1/2 x 8″ jugate ballot for Buchanan and Breckinridge from Virginia. One of the more desirable ballots of the period. Tiny spindle hole and signature of the voter on the verso, indicating it was actually cast in the election. Excellent.
607. A rare Breckinridge-Lane ticket from Virginia, 4 x 6 1/4″. Note the list of electors include future Confederate generals Eppa Hunton and James L. Kemper. Minor chipping at margins, light folds, else very good. (Est. $100-150)
616. A good 1864 Adams County, Ohio Lincoln-Johnson ballot, 3 1/4 x 7 1/2″ in very fine condition save for a printer’s glitch that affects engraving. Together with an 1862 Wisconsin ballot for Republican E. L. Browne for Congress. Light folds, and ink emendations, listing local offices. Two pieces. (Est. $100-150)
617. A good pair of ballots including an 1864 Lincoln-Johnson ticket from Illinois, 3 x 7″. A few marginal chips and tears resulting in minor losses. Together with an 1860 Douglas-Johnson ticket from Ohio , 2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″. Very good. Together two (2) pieces. (Est. $100-150)
620. Large McClellan and Pendleton pictorial ballot from Pike County, Ohio. This graphic ballot measures 5 x 10″ and has large woodcut portrait of McClellan flanked by two flags on each side, inscribed “The Union Must Be Preserved At All Hazards.” A small section of bottom and lower right side slightly folded. One of the finest McClellan portrait ballots, and in excellent condition. (Est. $100-250)
621. A good pair of Adams County Ohio McClellan ballots, 3 x 10″ ea., one bearing a portrait the other a cannon in front of the American flag. Usual folds, one bears rough margins, else very good. Together, two (2) pieces. (Est. $100-150)
622. An unusual manuscript 1864 ballot cast for George McClellan and George H. Pendleton, 5 x 8″ listing the candidates together with the designated electors. Offered together with a very simple manuscript ballot for Lincoln and Johnson, 4 1/2″ x 3 3/4″. Presumably cast by soldiers in the field, as was common with such manuscript ballots. Both bear typical spindle holes, some marginal tears with minimal losses, usual folds, else very good. Together, two pieces. (Est. $200-300)
623. Voters make dire predictions should Lincoln win reelection. 2 1/2 x 8″ slip of writing paper with manuscript predictions in pencil by two anti-Lincoln partisans on the day of the election. In full: “I make this as a prediction in case Abram Lincoln is elected President, That the war will continue during Mr. Lincoln’s term (provided that the people of the North will furnish men & money) or else we shall have peace upon the basis of a separation. That gold will, in the event of four more years of war reach 400%. That calls will be made during said period for not less than one million more men. A. J. Tanner, Nov. 8, 1864.” On verso: “I think it more than probable Mr. Lincoln interpreting his election as an endorsement of his arbitrary policy will trample still more upon the liberties & rights of the people (his political opponents) & that “Patience ceasing to be a virtue” they will rise & attempt to throw off the tyranny & that Mr. Lincoln will use his army to continue his power & if successful will proclaim himself dictator or at least a supreme power in the land. Fannie Caugh, Nov. 8th 1864.” Minor separation at center fold neatly repaired with archival tape.
624. Lincoln & Johnson manuscript election ballot, 4 x 12 1/2″. A ticket from Miami County, Ohio with Electors listed below. A few pinholes, otherwise fine. A fine example of an instrument that was actually used to reelect the President! (Est. $150-250)
625. A good pair of 1865 New Hampshire “Soldiers’ Ticket” one for the First Congressional District (Gilman Marston) and one for the Second District (Edward H. Rollins), 3 x 3 3/4″ ea. The First District bears a misprint at top “Tciket”. Note that the verso has blanks for the voter’s name, town of residence and their county. So much for secret ballots! Two (2) pieces in fine condition. (Est. $100-150)
626. Davis-Stephens Election Ticket. A fine blue “Virginia Electoral Ticket” for Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens listing the at-large and district electors below. Light show-through from writing on verso, a hint of toning, else very fine condition. (Est. $150-200)
627. (Election of 1860) A great partly-printed D.S. 1p. folio, Cross Creek Township, [Penn.], Oct. 9, 1860, a “TALLY LIST Of the General Election held at the house of E. Simmons in Cross Village District composed of Cross Creek township…” The tally sheet lists the candidates for Governor, Congress, Senate, State Assembly as well as local offices. Conspicuously absent is any mention of the presidential electors, who of course would be chosen the following month. Judging from the fact that Governor Andrew G. Curtin lost to Democrat Henry D. Foster by 91 to 114, Lincoln would not have fared too well in this far western Pennsylvania town. Moderate toning at margins at folds, one minor marginal tear, else very good. (Est. $100-150)
628. Betting on the Beast! A good set of five (5!) Benjamin Butler gubernatorial ballots from 1878 and 1879, 4 x 11 1/2″ ea. Marginal tears and chipping with minor losses, light foxing and soiling, else very good. (Est. $100-150)
629. A great 1865 Massachusetts ballot for Darius N. Couch bearing a terrific woodcut of Union soldiers raising the Union standard at Fort Sumter, 5 1/4 x 11. Small tear at top margin, else fine. (Est. $80-100)
630. A good 1856 Buchanan-Breckinridge ballot, 4 x 6 1/2″ from Connecticut. Light toning, else fine.
A Cascade of Covers
One of three known hand-colored sets!
631. Not the oft-seen covers… an extremely rare opportunity: one of only three hand-colored sets known! The classic “Champion Prize Envelope Lincoln & Davis In 5 Rounds.” A wonderful example of detailed, 19th century political commentary in the form of illustrated covers depicting a boxing match between Lincoln & Davis. The peripheral details are extraordinary – note, for example, the hound dog that wastes away as Davis is soundly defeated. Pristine, bright, gorgeous colors. There is only one known set that was postal-used (selling a few years back for more than $20,000). And, we know of only three complete sets with hand-coloring, this being one. (Provenance: once part of the Benham Collection of Lincoln Philately.) These would display nicely framed in a sequential window mat. (Est. $1,500-2,000)
632. Lincoln-Hamlin jugate campaign cover. Large engraved busts of Lincoln and Hamlin on an orange envelope. Red overprint below (likely added at start of War): “The Federal Union – It must and shall be preserved. Andrew Jackson.” Minor discoloration from three stamp hinges on verso, else excellent and quite scarce. (Est. $80-120)
633. One of the more popular designs: “President Lincoln and his Cabinet” (titled on verso of envelope) published by S.C. Upham of Philadelphia. Printed in black, red, and blue. Gorgeous! (Est. $100-150)
634. A fabulous cover: “Star of the North, or the Comet of 1861.” This fun design, printed in red and blue, shows the comet Lincoln headed downwards (people would show their condemnation or praise for the Administration by choosing Lincoln’s direction!). Bold, clean. (Est. $80-120)
635. Three (3) covers: “President Lincoln and his Cabinet”, a bit light with minor loss on back flap; an 1860 campaign jugate on yellow, light dampstain at left; and Lincoln kicking Jefferson Davis in the derriere, bright red, clean. (Est. $50-75)
636. Dramatic Stephen Douglas campaign cover pair. The “large head” example is similar in design to portraits found on 1860 ribbons; the other includes the “For President” support. Excellent. (Est. $80-120)
649. Cover group. Seven (7) colorful patriotics in quite fresh, clean condition. (Est. $50-100)
650. A necessary reference source – the definitive work on Lincoln illustrated envelopes and stationery: Abraham Lincoln Illustrated Envelopes and Letter Paper 1860-1865. James W. Milgram. (Northbrook Publishing Co., IL 1984.) A clean copy of an increasingly difficult to find study. (Est. $80-100)
651. On great Fremont Stationery! ALS, 4p., minor loss to last page, from Council Bluffs, IA., January 25, 1859, from an N.B. Terno to his wife on settling land near Omaha. “Dear Amy, the prospects for us out here is good & you tell Dave to make his calculations to come out here next spring. Brother Ben & his partner has bought 21 hundred acres of land 8 miles west of Omaha City…Easily I could make free & clear from all expense $100 dollars per month.” Much more fine content. A fun 1856 political letterhead used the year before the 1860 campaign. (Est. $100-150)
652. (Election of 1856) A good pair of pieces including a fine piece of Fremont letterhead bearing an engraved bust portrait of “The Pathfinder” at upper left. Offered together with a curious 1856 imprint by social reformer William Oland Bourne, 4p. 4to., March 10, 1856 being the “ADDRESS AND RESOLUTIONS adopted at the Mass Convention of Working -Men of New-York, in the Park, March 10, 1856.” denouncing the “vast importation of foreign iron, cloth, tools and other merchandize, which obliges our merchants by the laws of trade to ship to Europe, every year, form twenty to fifty millions of dollars in gold which go out from the hands of working men in America…” Sound familiar? The convention, which approved “The Iron Platform” is addressed specifically to “the REPUBLICAN PARTY” and request that it “make arrangements for a Grant National Demonstration…in every county o the Union…” More fine content. Slight edge wear, expected folds, else fine. Together two pieces. (Est. $100-150)
653. Four-page McClellan lettersheet by Magee of Philadelphia. The stationery offers three blank pages for writing letters home from the front! Bright, clean.