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    Abraham Lincoln: A Fabulous, Colorful Political Glass & Tin Parade Lantern. Fitted to be carried on a pole during nighttime parades and rallies, lanterns like this were widely used in the 1860s and beyond, though to a lesser extent. But, given their fragile nature, very few have survived. We know of perhaps two others for Lincoln, in private hands, the most desirable candidate of all. Glass panels, often of colored glass, were inserted into a tin frame and illuminated from within by a candle. Some had candidates' names or slogans painted directly on the glass while others, like this one, had printed paper panels.

    Condition is quite nice overall, especially considering its fragile nature. There is some perimeter loss on the Lincoln, as shown, but this is inconsequential. The lantern is pictured on page 274 of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.'s Running for President: The Candidates and Their Images 1789-1896 and is, by any measure, one of the premier early display items in the Frent Collection. The frame measures 5" x 5" x 7.5".

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    June, 2019
    22nd-23rd Saturday-Sunday
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