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    ABSOLUTELY STUNNING, SUPERB JOHN TYLER PORTRAIT BROACH PIN. Absolutely stunning, superb John Tyler portrait broach pin, a standout item even in this remarkable catalog!  Immediately recognizable, hand-colored litho portrait under beveled glass, with beautiful filigreed gilt metal frame.  Original pin on reverse is similar to those seen on the familiar sulfide pins.  Condition is just beautiful as well;  simply no negatives on this important item.  Measures 3/4" - 1".  Tyler items are prohibitively rare!  Sullivan pictures a pewter-rim, which he dates to 1844, (presumably suggesting it was an 1844 "hopeful" item, as this beautiful broach may well have been), but we have never seen this item offered.  He also pictures a star-shaped badge, clearly an 1844 item because of the Texas connection (but we've never seen that offered either), and lists (but is unable to picture) two clothing buttons (one of which is the exceedingly rare "Tyler and Texas" variety, offered elsewhere in this catalog!).  There is a silk portrait ribbon of Tyler as president, of which perhaps 6-8 copies are known.  Several have changed hands at prices ranging from several thousand to over $6000 since 1990.  We know of only one other Tyler portrait broach, of a completely different variety. Attractive appearance, rarity and importance make this unique item a "once in a lifetime opportunity" for the most sophisticated collector!

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    April, 2004
    26th Monday
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