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    Fabulous 1880 Garfield Shell
    A 28 x 33 mm brass tin shell with a ferrotype portrait of James Garfield. The raised badge is detailed "E Pluribus Unum" and is void of any pitting or verdigris as usually found, pin remains on verso. Garfield (1831-81) served as President for less than seven months when he was assassinated by Charles Guiteau. During the Civil War he rose to the rank of Major General distinguishing himself in his victory at Chickamauga. A learned lawyer and clergyman, Congressman Garfield found himself in New York City when news broke of the assassination of President Lincoln. A mob of more than 50,000 massed at the Custom's House in downtown Manhattan and threatened to riot. When they began marching to the office of the New York World crying "Vengeance!", Garfield single-handedly calmed the crowd delivering a moving speech calling for calm. This specific device is unlisted in DeWitt -- but similar examples are found for candidates ranging from Lincoln in 1864 to Greeley in 1872 and Tilden in 1876. Very minor wear at edge of ferro where set into frame else quite fine. From the Joe Brown Collection.

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    November, 2004
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