Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000
Description: Magnificent 1860 Abraham Lincoln Jumbo Ambrotype Campaign Badge, The styled and deep-gold-colored, metal-bordered frame of this badge measures 2-1/8" x 2-5/8" in an oval configuration. The ambrotype portrait itself, which may be described in literal terms as "a positive picture made of a photographic negative, on glass and backed by a dark surface," comprises the inner oval and measures 1-7/16" x 1-7/8". The backing paper on the reverse is original and completely intact. The top line on the paper backing consists of the two words, "For President." Beneath, in bold type, is "Hon. Abraham Lincoln"("Hon." being short for "Honorable," an appropriately reverential pre-Presidential title for Lincoln.) Below this is the advertisement of the manufacturer, which reads "Manufactured by Geo. Clark, Jr., & Co.. AMBROTYPE ARTISTS, No. 59 Court Street."Because these badges were, of course, made to be worn, most of the few surviving examples have considerable wear to the reverse as a natural consequence of being used as intended. The reverse of this example is almost perfect, with only the slightest wear at the highest point of the center. Unlike most of the few period ambrotypes that are available for comparison, this elegant example has no emulsion problems or other such faults. Condition is excellent, and the photo, which is the heart and soul of the relic, is excellent with only minor surface imperfection. This is a museum-quality article—a treasure from one of America's most important campaigns featuring Abraham Lincoln, who many regard as the nation's greatest president, ever—and it would be the pinnacle piece in virtually any world-class, advanced collection. The treasure depicts a young and beardless Abraham Lincoln, this is a fantastic estate fresh find.