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    James Buchanan: Rare 1856 Campaign Copper Shell Badge, with Original Hinged Pin on Verso. This popular rebus "Buck + cannon" design was made in both heavy metallic and thin shell forms, the latter being rarer and preferred by collectors. It is listed by Sullivan as JB1856-4 with a blank reverse. We cannot recall having previously encountered an example such as this one with a hinged pin. Choice condition with traces of original luster. One area of black, tar-like deposits along rim at 10:00 as shown, which may well prove to be cleanable. Slight fault in the metal, visible under magnification, just above the deposit area. Diameter 47mm.

    This rare badge descended through the family of a Buchanan friend, and was long framed along with several other Buchanan items appearing in this auction, including a silk portrait handkerchief and an engraved inaugural invitation.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2009
    17th-18th Tuesday-Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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