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    Lincoln & Hamlin: Fabulous Brady Jugate Ribbon with Unique Wide Awakes Overprinting. What can we say about this ribbon that the photo does not convey? This has been one of your writer's favorite political ribbons since he first saw it in Stanley King's collection over four decades ago. Merrill Berman purchased much of that collection in the early 1980s, and for the first time this example is now finally appearing on the open market. It is not pictured in Sullivan & Fischer, and is almost certainly the only known copy. Anything related to the legendary Wide Awakes organization of Lincoln parade marchers has always been especially prized by collectors. In matching uniforms and carrying torches, the Wide Awakes were a powerful presence at night-time rallies and parades all over the Northeast during the historic 1860 election.

    This ribbon is in great condition, with just the slightest bit of light soiling noted for accuracy. Three very fine old horizontal creases do not detract.

    Interestingly, the date "1861" is written at the bottom in pencil. Over the years we have probably seen over a hundred assorted campaign ribbons so marked, occasionally with erroneous years (although in this case 1861 probably referred to the year of the president's Inauguration). Undoubtedly all these ribbons were once part of one fantastic large old-time collection, broken up many decades ago. It would be fascinating to know what all that collection originally contained! From the Merrill C. Berman Collection.




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    February, 2015
    28th Saturday
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