Apr 16, 2019 - Sale 2505

Sale 2505 - Lot 116

Price Realized: $ 4,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 9,000
(LINCOLN, ABRAHAM.) An uncut sheet of large-format beardless Lincoln campaign tintypes. 6 images on one tintype sheet, 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches (each image 1 3/4 x 1 1/4 inches oval); moderate wear including an eighth-inch area of loss and rust along left edge, and a very light bend. Np, [Peter Neff, 1860]

Additional Details

Six Lincoln images on one tintype sheet, each of them photographs of Currier & Ives lithographs of the candidate. The four center images are reversed versions of Brady's February 1860 Cooper Union portrait (Ostendorf O-17), while the outer two are based on the 1858 portrait Ostendorf attributed to Roderick Cole (O-14). A very faint embossed stamp on the right edge appears to read "Mel[ainotype Plate?] for Neff's Pat. 19 Feb. 59" (melainotype, tintype, and ferrotype all being synonymous) While most campaign tintypes were circular and much smaller, these larger images were made to be set within an oval rope-like metallic frame. See Sullivan's American Political Badges, AL 1860-132 and portraits #1 and #3.