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    Stephen A. Douglas: Unlisted and Probably Unique 1860 Portrait Campaign Flag. The 1860 election saw the emergence of four major presidential candidates. Buchanan's vice president, John C. Breckinridge, was actually the representative of the old-line Democrats. However, it is Douglas, the beloved "Little Giant" who went toe to toe with Lincoln in the legendary 1858 debates, who is remembered as Lincoln's primary opponent. Most known Douglas portrait flags are a small variety, of which somewhere between five and ten examples in near mint condition surfaced in the 1980s. With the exception of that group, now mostly ensconced in major collections, there are almost certainly fewer than half dozen known copies in total of several different varieties. The example offered here is clearly the mate to the also-unlisted Lincoln appearing in this auction, identifiable by their similar star configurations..

    These two flags were discovered at different times and in different places, but ironically they have aged similarly and so display very nicely as a pair. There are evenly distributed light brown marks which, perhaps because of their pattern, do not seem terribly distracting. One small "bleached" area in the canton below the portrait is a bit more intrusive, but could be very easily restored by any good art or textile conservator if one felt the urge. At 15.5" x 10.75", the flag appears to have been very slightly trimmed, probably along each side, but still matches the Lincoln very closely. We cannot help but hope that one buyer will keep these two historic flags together. Another genuine museum-quality opportunity, nicely custom- framed to an overall 19.5" x 14.5". This lot requires 3rd party shipping.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2010
    22nd Saturday
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