John Bell: Exceptional Washington ferrotype rosette (JBELL 1860-51)
John Bell: Exceptional Washington ferrotype rosette (JBELL 1860-51)

John Bell: Exceptional Washington ferrotype rosette (JBELL 1860-51)

Price: $1,000.00
Badge promoting John Bell for president, 1860.
Catalog No: 20385
Availability: In Stock.
SIZE: 5 in. (overall)
GRADE: Choice/XF

Badge promoting John Bell for president, 1860. Silk, brass shell, ferrotype. DeWitt JBELL 1860-51. Approx. 7/8" (22 mm) circular brass shell with inset ferrotype of George Washington, mounted to 2.5" red, white and blue silk rosette, from which project a red ribbon inscribed, CONSTITUTION; a blue ribbon inscribed, UNION; and a white ribbon with field of stars on blue oblong device. Some discoloration and fraying, mainly to the blue and white ribbons. Ferrotype is bold and glossy.

Official badge of Bell's Union Party, made up of conservatives who wanted to maintain the old balance of power between free and slave states. Only a handful of examples are known.

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