Abraham Lincoln: Highly Coveted Wide Awake Hat Badge. DeWitt AL-1860-1, 70 mm. silvered brass shell. Manufactured by Childs of Chicago, matching the bust seen on the Lincoln medal AL-1860-10. It features a raised bust "Abraham Lincoln 1860" facing right with the words "Wide Awake" in bold letters above. The verso has a set of folding tabs or flanges used in its attachment. These were worn on the hats of Wide Awake marchers. Besides the example in the DeWitt Collection, we are aware of one in a private Midwestern collection and another which was included in the Zabriskie Collection sold in 1999. That example, heavily tarnished, sold for $12,100. Heritage sold a circular version of this in 2013 for $9,560. This example has some light tarnish, concentrated mostly in the "points", but retains a good deal of its original luster and is remarkably well-preserved. Certainly, one of the highlights (among many!) of the Berman Collection.

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