Cleveland & Thurman: Mammoth 1888 Ambrotype Jugate Badge. This dramatic 5.25" item is perhaps the most imposing 19th century political photo badge. The emulsion forming the 1888-dated image of the two running mates is on the underside of a 1.75" glass disk, which is set into an elaborate brass shell badge, with original pin clasp on verso. This variety is notorious for significant flaking of the emulsion, but the present example is exceptionally nice in that regard, with only the tiniest hint of flaking on the extreme perimeter. The item is listed by Sullivan as GC 1888-54, and the specimen offered here is clearly superior to Sullivan's plate example. Our example does exhibit a little very trivial damage seen on most of these, including Sullivan's plate copy. There were originally tiny, very delicate finials at the top of each flag below the portraits, but these have broken off. Also a small piece broken off from the anchor suspended at the bottom which, of course, detracts minimally.

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