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    Rare 1860 Abraham Lincoln Torch This hollow eagle of brass-plated tin shell contained kerosene, which fueled two wicks projecting from the wings. Held by a swiveling wire mount atop a pole, this torch and others like it were carried in the torchlight parades and rallies which were a critical element of 19th century American politics. This particular variety is prized both for its distinctive eagle shape and because it was known to have been used in Lincoln's campaign (photos exist of Lincoln parade marchers holding such torches). This one is basically in nice condition, with both of the sometimes-missing metal wick tubes present. The eagle's chest in each side is pushed in somewhat, but not to a grotesque degree. Auction records in top condition to over $7,500. 8.5" x 9.5".

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2005
    22nd-23rd Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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