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    An Original Copper Printing Plate of a Novelty Moveable Poking Fun at Jefferson Davis

    [Jefferson Davis, subject]. [David Claypoole Johnston]. Jeff Davis, After the Fall of Fort Sumter 1861/Fort Sumter 1863. [Boston: D. C. Johnston, ca. 1863]. Original copper plate of a charming novelty moveable. Copper plate approximately 6.5 x 10 inches. With a contemporary example of the novelty itself; it is a portrait of Davis with eye holes and a mouth hole, and a hole at the bottom for the text ("Fort Sumter 1861" or "Fort Sumter 1863"). The item is folded around like an envelope and another piece fits inside (this piece has two different eye and mouth expressions as well as the aforementioned text). So the effect is of Davis smiling in 1861 and frowning in 1863 when the inner tab is pulled downward. Plate is very good with some minor abrasions to the recto, the verso being quite fingerprinted (and unpolished, as one would expect). This comes with some later uncut pulls from the plate. A charming and unusual bit of Civil War memorabilia. From the collection of Zita Books.


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    October, 2014
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