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    Abraham Lincoln: Desirable "Railsplitter" Ribbon. One of the nicest Lincoln ribbon varieties, it celebrates the fact that a man who was splitting rails in 1830 could, in a mere three decades, rise to the presidency of the nation. It is unclear whether this is an 1861 inaugural ribbon or an 1860 campaign issue; in the mid-1800s it was a common practice to issue campaign items with the date upon which the candidate could hopefully become president. The present example is in very good shape overall, with complete original selvage across top and bottom, and is printed on an unusual shade of yellowish tan silk. Light, even overall soiling detracts minimally. If the ribbon is held up to the light one discerns three fine partial vertical separations, but only one shows when it is displayed lying flat, and that one is on Lincoln's coat and is minimally distracting. Another runs through his hair on the left side and looks like a natural part in his hair! All in all, a very presentable and affordable copy of this variety. Length 6". From the collection of U. I. "Chick" Harris.

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    August, 2008
    5th Tuesday
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