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    Grant & Colfax 1868 Charm
    A charming charm! A little, two-sided, 14 mm political with loop for suspension in frame at top, ferrotype portraits on each side. The Grant portrait is slightly dark with some light emulsion rub/discoloration in field at right; the Colfax side is bright and clean. Grant once claimed that he only knew two tunes -- one was "Yankee Doodle," and the other wasn't. His best-selling "Memoirs" netted his destitute family almost $500,000 and was completed just four days before his death. Reputed to have smoked more than 20 cigars a day, Grant explained that he acquired his habit following the battle of Fort Donelson, Tennessee in February of 1862. Up to that point, he was only an occasional smoker. After published accounts of the battle portrayed him smoking in the midst of the great conflict, admirers deluged him with thousands of the finest cigars as gifts. He gave away as many as he could, but, as he recounted to General Horace Porter, "having such a quantity on hand, I naturally smoked more than I would have done under ordinary circumstances, and I have continued the habit ever since." This is really a sweet item. From the Joe Brown Collection.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2004
    12th Friday
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