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    Ulysses S. Grant: Rare and Attractive Large 1872 Campaign Ferrotype. The unlisted mate to adjacent Greeley example. The 1872 ferrotypes are much rarer than those of 1868, probably because the near certainty of Grant's re-election discouraged expenditures for campaign novelties. Original pin on verso. Overall appearance is bright and choice; however the ferrotype surface does exhibit one fine scratch and a couple of minor marks in the field. This example and its Greeley mate present the classic dilemma for collectors of ferrotypes: neither is technically in perfect condition; however both copies have an attractive display presence. Given their rarity, one might never have the opportunity to purchase either again, and almost certainly not as a pair. For what it is worth, we will offer our own perspective on this dilemma. It is easy and, if one can afford it, justifiable to maintain very strict condition standards on items which are readily available. However, in the case of rare and attractive examples such as these two 1872 ferros, we would apply a more lenient standard. If the item has suffered damage which is intrusive and distracting, this might be a sufficient deterrent to purchasing it, and in any case would justify a significant price adjustment. But when the overall appearance is pleasing, we would be more flexible, particularly considering the fragile and vulnerable surfaces of ferrotype badges.

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    November, 2009
    17th-18th Tuesday-Wednesday
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