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    Important 1860 Abraham Lincoln Silk Campaign Ribbon A series of eight related ribbon designs, four single picture and four jugate varieties, were produced for the 1860 election featuring photographic images of the candidates by legendary photographer Mathew Brady. Although there were a smattering of 1852 and 1856 ribbons with photographic images, this 1860 series seems to have been the first widespread use of this technique instead of the engraved or line-drawn images seen on earlier campaign ribbons. We are pleased to offer here a full set, of the four single-picture varieties, starting with the sought-after Lincoln featuring his famous "Cooper Union" pose, considered to be the most influential political image of the time. Not surprisingly, the Lincoln is the least rare among the four; since he won the election, people were more likely to save his items, and after his 1865 assassination people treasured and preserved many Lincoln artifacts. Despite this fact, the Lincoln variety commands the highest price because of the strong continuing collector demand for his memorabilia. A number of examples have sold privately and publicly in the $6,000 - $7,000 range in excellent shape, with prices declining proportionately in lesser grades. This is a fine example, with no noteworthy defects, and rarely-seen nearly complete selvage (fine fringe) across top and bottom. A little very light, even soiling is noted for strictest accuracy, but this is a fine copy. 2.6" x 6.2".

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2005
    22nd-23rd Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
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