Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    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".

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Small Collectibles (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2005
    22nd-23rd Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 0
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 228

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    15% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 26 days left to consign to the 2018 June 10 Civil War, Militaria, Arms & Armor - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Thanks a million for getting approval to sell my Civil War Hospital Death Ledger! You made them AND ME , a nice profit. You are the best!
    Ed W.,
    Mount Vernon, OH
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 March 17 Western Americana & Texana Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    2018 March 17 Western Americana & Texana Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $327,896