DescriptionMillard Fillmore: 1856 Campaign Ferrotype. The ferrotype process was invented in late 1855. During the presidential election of 1856, the process was used on a limited basis to produce campaign buttons. This 12 mm. or ½" clothing button is one of those. It depicts the American or Know Nothing Party candidate, former President Millard Fillmore. It is based on a photograph taken by Mathew Brady. A matching piece is known for James Buchanan. The same Brady photographs were used to produce silk ribbons for Buchanan, Fillmore and Fremont. This may qualify as the first photographic campaign button. The condition is outstanding.
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