DescriptionAbraham Lincoln: Uncut Sheet of Belt Buckle Ferrotypes. 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" sheet of six uncut ferrotype portraits of a beardless Abraham Lincoln, each measuring 32 mm x 44 mm, intended for use in campaign badges. Two different portraits are shown, one by Matthew Brady and one by H.H. Cole of Peoria, Illinois. Although collectors refer to these as ferrotypes or tintypes, they were known at the time as melainotypes. There is a blind-stamped inscription at one end that reads: "Melainotype Plate For Neff's Pat. 19 Feb. 59". Two minor bends with some loss and light rust along the edges, as shown. Generally in excellent condition and a wonderful display piece. It would be interesting to display this alongside completed badges utilizing these same portraits!
In his book Collecting Lincoln with Values, Stuart Schneider pictures an uncut sheet of Lincoln albumen photos intended for use in badges to which he assigns a value of $8500/$9500.
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