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    Andrew Jackson: Desirable and Elusive Thread Box. Many campaign items from the 19th century are utilitarian in nature. They were intended to be kept in sight during the course of a campaign and beyond. In the case of thread boxes issued for the 1828 election, the consumer was not even someone allowed to vote (a housewife), but someone who could influence the voters in her household. For any collector of 19th century political items, acquiring an Adams or a Jackson thread box is a red-letter day. They are extremely colorful, are easily displayed and constitute pure Americana. For some reason, the Jackson variety is much more hard to come by than the Adams. This is a standard-size box measuring 5" x 3 1/2" x 2 1/4". It is covered in rainbow-colored paper and gold trim. The pincushion at the top has a stenciled decoration of a wreath and a rose and is inscribed in orange letters: "Old Hickory Forever". As is usually the case, the green wreath has worn away, but the slogan is very bold. The inside of the box houses an engraved portrait of Jackson under the lid, under glass. Although the lid is detached, it is still held in place with the two original silk ribbons, which is practically unheard of. There is light wear to the corners and edges of the lid. Overall, it is an exceptional example.

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    December, 2012
    11th-12th Tuesday-Wednesday
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