Extremely Rare 1860 John Bell Oval Ferrotype Pin These impressive, large items were made for all four of the 1860 presidential candidates, and the Bell and Breckinridge versions are the toughest. A matching Douglas brought $6,900 in our November sale. The present Bell example is in basically choice condition, but upon careful examination one sees that it has been subtly altered by someone at the time, presumably a person with too much time on his hands! Three initials have been finely carved into the ferro surface, a "T" and an "H" above his head, and another "T" on his forehead. His eyes have been lightly, deliberately scratched (still there), and a fine line has been scratched following the vertical line of his vest. These scratches, while not inconsequential, are not offensive to the eye, and might even be said to add a certain period charm to this item. Nonetheless, its value estimate must be adjusted accordingly. Original pin on reverse, height 1.5".

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    June, 2005
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