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    Polk & Dallas: Rare and Important "Pewter Rim" from 1844. These large badges, which featured the candidates' portraits under glass in a pewter frame, appeared in elections from 1828 through 1852. All are rare and highly prized by collectors. Among the most sought after are those issued for the Polk & Dallas ticket, as all types of campaign novelties for these candidates are rare. Polk & Dallas pewter rims came in two varieties, one with larger portraits, the other with smaller. The present example is of the latter type. There are almost certainly fewer than ten examples of both types in collections, but interestingly this is the third offered by Heritage over the past two years. The other two were both of the larger-head variety. One appeared in our August 2008 auction in conjunction with the American Political Items Collectors National Convention, where it sold for $10,755. The other was sold in our December 2008 auction, where it fetched $10,157. Of the three examples, the pewter frame itself is by far in the best condition on the present example, and has attached the original braided suspension ribbon. For complete accuracy we note that the portraits on each side exhibit an extremely trivial hint of very light water staining, which affects the display appeal and value minimally. Original glass on both sides is in perfect condition. Diameter 64mm.

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    November, 2009
    17th-18th Tuesday-Wednesday
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