Old Politicals Auction #8
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/3/2010

Nothing quite stirs the blood of a 19th century collector any more than the prospects of acquiring a coveted pewter rim. These are fairly large badges at 2 1/2" and feature both candidates' portraits under glass in the pewter metal frame and mounted back to back. This type of artifact is known to have been made for Presidential candidates from likely 1824 until 1852. The Polk & Dallas versions are quite rare. There are two known variations; this design and one other with larger portraits. Other knowledgeable folks have reported there are fewer than ten examples known of both types for Polk/Dallas. Three examples (one small portrait and 2 large portrait) of both types have sold in the last several years with prices ranging from about $7,000 (for this version) to well over $10,000 for the large portrait version. The pewter frame on this example appears in better shape that the smaller portrait design which sold but does not have its original braided suspension ribbon. There is a little bit of roughness along the circular crimping line where the pewter was folded on itself but this is considered minor. The portraits on this example are clearly in much better shape than any of the other examples sold . The Dallas side of this example is superb. The Polk side has only a slight bit of very light toning and a couple of very small dark areas, which does not detract. Original glass on both sides is in perfect condition with the Dallas side showing the tell-tale marks of fine straw typically used to cool 18th and early 19th century glass panes. This certainly deserves to be one of the highlights of this auction. Minimal reserve far below estimate. Estimate: $7,500-$10,000

Special Additional Note: We were requested to provide close up images of the suspension hole and the crimping areas along the rim. We have added several of those images below for your review.

Rare 1844 Polk/Dallas 2 1/2 Large Pewter RimRare 1844 Polk/Dallas 2 1/2 Large Pewter RimRare 1844 Polk/Dallas 2 1/2 Large Pewter RimRare 1844 Polk/Dallas 2 1/2 Large Pewter Rim
Rare 1844 Polk/Dallas 2 1/2 Large Pewter RimRare 1844 Polk/Dallas 2 1/2 Large Pewter Rim
Rare 1844 Polk/Dallas 2 1/2" Large Pewter Rim
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $2,500
Final prices include buyers premium.: $5,040
Number Bids: 5
Auction closed on Friday, September 3, 2010.

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