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    Sale 2505 | Lot 117
    Price Realized: $10,000With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2505 Lot 117

      (LINCOLN, ABRAHAM.) An uncut tintype sheet of 30 miniature campaign photographs of the 4 candidates for use in badges. 30 images on one tintype sheet, 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches (each image 3/4 x 1/2 inches oval); moderate wear including light scratches and small areas of rust near edges. Np: [Peter Neff, 1860]

      Estimate $8,000 - 12,000

      This sheet includes 12 Lincoln portraits mixed in with 8 of Douglas, 5 of Breckenridge and 5 of Bell--a good approximation of the perceived popularity of the four candidates among their northern audience. Each is a photograph of a Currier & Ives lithograph of the candidate. The Lincolns are two different renderings of Brady's February 1860 Cooper Union portrait (Ostendorf O-17). These portraits were meant to be cut out and marketed as badges and tokens. A very faint embossed stamp on the right edge appears to read "Melainotype Plate for Neff's Pat. 19 Feb. 59" (melainotype, tintype, and ferrotype all being synonymous). The demand was discussed in Humphrey's Journal of Photography in September 1860: "The admirers of Old Uncle Abe, Breckinridge, Douglas and all the other candidates want pictures of their leaders, and, as they want them on melainotype plates, in the shape of brooches, pins, studs, etc., an unprecedented demand has arisen for this article, and we learn that our friend Neff has all he can do to keep up with his orders." See Sullivan's American Political Badges, Lincoln portraits #2 and #3.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $10,000