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    Civil War Gold ID Badge, Accompanied by Identified Ambrotype of Calvin Montague, 2nd Michigan Infantry. Magnificent badge and ambrotype of Calvin Montague, 2nd Michigan Infantry, and subsequently 102d USCT. This is the third example of this beautiful gold badge we've seen over the last forty years, all identified to officers of the 2d Michigan Infantry. The badge is formatted as a seven pointed star, 1.75" from tip to tip, and fabricated of high karat gold, weighing approximately 1/3 Troy ounce. On each tip on the star is listed a battle in which the regiment was engaged. The background exhibits exquisite scroll engraving. The oval center section of the badge, which is removable via two small pivoting fingers on the reverse, is a highly detailed profile gold bust of Gen. Phil Kearny. Kearny was killed at Chantilly, Virginia, September 1, 1862, with the 2d Michigan Infantry being part of his command. The portrait of Kearny is surrounded by blue and red enamel which is highlighted with small gold stars. The portrait is also flanked by exquisitely American flags and two hands shaking and "2d Mich. Inf." The verso of the badge exhibits a T-bar pinback and is engraved in embellished block letters "Montague". The badge is in absolutely pristine condition.

    The ninth plate ambrotype portrait of Montague is of exquisite quality and in perfect condition. He wears frock coat with lieutenant's shoulder straps, and holds a narrow brimmed slouch hat on his knee with embroidered infantry horn with numeral "2" in the center. Behind the image is a period, pencil script note from Montague, "Montie, to Louisa Taken at Lebanon, Ky. April 11th 1863." The image is housed in the original figural thermoplastic case. Calvin S. Montague enlisted in the 2d Michigan Infantry on 5/22/61, serving with the unit through heavy fighting, until March 11, 1863, when he was transferred to the 102d U.S. Colored Troops, serving with this unit until the end of the war. He was promoted to 2nd lieutenant 2/24/63, captain 3/11/64, major 6/19/65 and colonel 10/30/65. A magnificent Civil War gold ID badge and image with great history.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2015
    12th-13th Friday-Saturday
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