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    Anti-Stamp Act: Very Rare 1766 Brass Shank Button Picturing William Pitt. Our November 2009 Americana auction featured, as lot 47109, an excavated example of this elusive early American political item. Despite the typical surface unevenness found on such copies, it drew tremendous interest, selling for $8962.50 against an estimate of $3000 - 5000. As will sometimes happen, the sale drew another example from a different source out of hiding. Interestingly, both were consigned by the individuals who originally dug them up from the earth, although one was found in New England and the other in Maryland. The present example is of a smaller size, 16mm. The example sold in November measured 25mm. Quite often when the same design exists in two sizes like this, the larger version were coat buttons and the smaller cuff buttons, which might suggest that the smaller size could be rarer, since a coat, especially in those days, might have a number of buttons on the front, but perhaps as few as two cuff buttons. In any case, this important seminal political item is extremely rare in either size
    The present copy is, overall, in comparable condition to the one sold in November. The portrait bust is quite clear and strong, and the surrounding lettering is rendered uneven by surface deposits, but is readable under magnification. The color is a pleasing light brown, and the original shank is present on verso.

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    May, 2010
    22nd Saturday
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