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    Spectacular Giant 1860 Stephen Douglas Ferrotype Clothing Button
    Features a ferro surface the size of a U.S. quarter, set into a fancy brass shell frame. Unlisted in Sullivan or Hake, and thought by the collector to be unique. However, we have uncovered one other identical example in an advanced New York collection. Superb, near-mint condition, and one of the nicest items one could hope to acquire for this popular candidate ( He of the famed Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858. Douglas won that round, defeating Lincoln for the U.S. Senate in Illinois. But Old Abe had his revenge two years later, as he defeated Douglas and two other candidates to win the presidency). There is one fine horizontal scratch across Douglas' forehead, seen only when the light is at a certain angle. However, it is not deep enough to fully penetrate the emulsion to the metal surface below. Overall size 36 mm. From the Joe Brown Collection.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2004
    12th Friday
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