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    Superb Large 1888 Cleveland And Thurman Ambrotype Badge
    This beauty features a 1 3/4" glass insert, and the photographic emulsion is actually applied to the underside of the glass. A few 1860 campaign items were made this way, but we cannot recall any other use of this technique until a few such items appeared in 1884 and 1888. This is an especially "minty" example, overall as fine as we have seen. The photograph exhibits none of the flaking, bubbling, or scratching of the emulsion usually associated with this item, and the brass shell frame is the most lustrous we have seen. The often-missing anchor suspended at the bottom is there. The only negative is that the tiny projecting points at the top of the two draped flags below the portraits have broken off (as usual); but if you did not know better, you would never know that they were supposed to be there, as the tops of the flag poles appear natural and complete without them. Choice beauty. 2 1/2" x 5 1/4", with original pin on reverse. From the Joe Brown Collection.

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    November, 2004
    12th Friday
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