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    Abraham Lincoln: A Rare Ferrotype With Unlisted Portrait. While it is more common to encounter variations in brass frames and shells, it is a rare occasion when a previously unseen pose turns up. This is particularly so when the subject is Lincoln, whose tintype badges are the most sought-after of all candidates of this era. The present example appears to have been created by doctoring the Lincoln portrait listed by Sullivan on page 196 as Lincoln no.2, adding a new beard to this originally beardless photo. This is a double-sided ferrotype with Winfield Scott on the reverse side. Accordingly, it seems probable that this item was issued around 1861. By then Lincoln sported his now-familiar beard, but few photographic images were available, necessitating a little artistic license. That dating is also suggested by the presence of Scott, who in the early days of the war was still the country's top general. The present example comes from the collection of legendary hobby pioneer Bob Sterling, and we have never seen another example. It is essentially in mint condition although under magnification one sees two fine scratches, one on Lincoln's cheek and the other on his forehead, which are not apparent without close study. Both sides are a little dark, as made. Holed at the top for suspension, also as made. A significant Lincoln ferrotype. Diameter: 17mm.

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2007
    26th-27th Monday-Tuesday
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