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[Presidential Campaign Medal with portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin]

Unknown

Artist:
After Mathew B. Brady (American, near Lake George, New York 1823?–1896 New York)
Person in Photograph:
Abraham Lincoln (American, Hardin County, Kentucky 1809–1865 Washington, D.C.)
Person in Photograph:
Hannibal Hamlin (American, 1809–1891)
Date:
1860
Medium:
Tintype
Dimensions:
Image: 1.4 cm (9/16 in.), diameter Overall: 2.4 cm (15/16 in.), diameter
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Overbrook Foundation Gift, 2012
Accession Number:
2012.12
  • Description

    The Lincoln tintype in this campaign medal is a reversed copy of the famous "Cooper Union" carte de visite (Ostendorf O-17) made by Mathew B. Brady on the morning of February 27, 1860. The Hamlin tintype is a copy of a portrait by an unknown maker. The unknown maker of the medal likely produced the object on a mass scale for the Republican Party to be given away or sold at their headquarters throughout the United States.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Stamped around edge of frame, obverse: "ABRAHAM LINCOLN 1860"; reverse: "HANNIBAL HAMLIN 1860"; hole punched through top of medal.

  • Provenance

    [Nate D. Sanders, Inc.]

  • Notes

    Tintype after an 1860 carte-de-visite of Lincoln by Mathew B. Brady.

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