1861 Jeff Davis Patriotic Ferro
    An exceptionally significant item: a two-sided, 24 mm ferrotype badge with portraits on opposite sides titled, "DAVIS" and "BEAUREGARD." Similar to Sullivan #C-1861-16, this has a hollow frame more than an 1/8" thick. Jefferson Davis (1808-89), President of the Confederate States of America, a Senator from Mississippi who had served as Secretary of War 1853-57, was captured by Union Calvary troops on May 10, 1865 in Irwinville, Georgia. A contemporary story, often repeated by early historians, had Davis in drag when he was discovered -- wearing women's clothing to elude capture. While there's no truth to the story, it is still often cited as fact. After two years of imprisonment, Davis -- who was never brought to trial -- was freed after the general amnesty of 1868. His final years were occupied with documenting the Great War authoring, " The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government," in 1881. This rare keepsake, a Confederate "patriotic" device, shows typical age -- a few small areas of emulsion loss on Davis' portrait detracts little, mostly visible when angled to the light; the Beauregard side has two lines of crazing through the center. Overall a fine example of a scarce item. From the Joe Brown Collection.

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