Lincoln & Hamlin: The Largest 47mm Size of the Distinctive "Donut" Ferrotype. So-called because of their thick, hollow brass shell frames which are reminiscent of a donut. Not surprisingly, because of their large, unprotected tintype surfaces, these large-sized donuts, which were made for all four 1860 candidates, are most often found damaged. While not perfect, the present example suffers only fairly minor imperfections and displays very nicely, as the photos show. Someone long ago scratched the date 1860 in the field above each portrait. There is a little damage to the emulsion along the edge of the Lincoln side from 4:00 to 5:00. A couple of very trivial light surface stains and two fine scratches detract little. The Hamlin side is very clean but for a small emulsion flake at the edge at 5:00. The surface silvering has worn away from the brass frame, leaving it an even metallic color. As is the case with most ferrotypes which have seen some use, significant enlargement of the images tend to exaggerate imperfections and give a false impression. But viewed at actual size, this is a very respectable example.

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