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    Extremely Rare 1872 Greeley and Brown Paper Lantern These cylindrical accordion lanterns had a metal candle holder in the base, and were strung at political rallies and speeches or carried at the end of poles in torchlight parades. They came into wide use in 1864, and were produced with and without portraits for all candidates through the 1880 election. We do not recall seeing this style from later elections. Except for one common token, campaign items from the ill-supported Greeley campaign range from scarce to very rare, and three-dimensional items are almost non-existent. This is only the second Greeley lantern we have ever seen, and it is especially nice because it depicts the clasped hands symbol which refers to the joining forces of the Liberal Republicans and Democrats to support Greeley's candidacy. It didn't help. The names and clasped hands appear on each side. Condition is really exceptional as nice as we have seen for this genre, with absolutely none of the usual separations along the accordion fold lines. A very special opportunity for the collector of 3-D items. Height 12".

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    June, 2005
    22nd-23rd Wednesday-Thursday
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