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    Abraham Lincoln: Distinctive Wide Awake Ribbon. The central figure on this 2 1/2" x 6" silk ribbon is a Wide Awake marcher holding a torch with an attached "Lincoln & Hamlin" flag. It is inscribed "Freeport Wide Awakes. Lincoln and Hamlin". The Wide Awakes had chapters throughout the north and Midwest. It is probable this ribbon was worn by a member from Freeport, Illinois, Lincoln's home state and the site of the most famous of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858. Unlisted in Sullivan-Fischer, it does have some condition issues, including some damp stains, a tiny tear in the lower right edge and two spots of brown discoloration at the top, a result of removal from an album. Still, it is an outstanding example. The cataloger recalls seeing this exact specimen approximately forty-five years ago. The seller at that time was Blanche Pryor, the owner of Green Door Antiques in Long Beach, California. As a young girl, Blanche was a suffragette. She operated a general line antique store specializing in political items. She managed to come up with some great material from time to time. This ribbon was part of a framed collection she had. The collection had around 25-30 Civil War patriotic stickpins, a shield-shaped campaign badge from 1864 with a replacement photo of Lincoln and this very ribbon. The price for the entire frame was $250. For whatever reason, we passed on the chance to acquire this piece which would have been a highlight of our fledgling collection. Since that time, it has had but two owners: the original buyer of the collection and the current consignor.

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    May, 2012
    12th Saturday
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