IMPORTANT 1848 LEWIS CASS COATTAIL RIBBON UNLISTED IN SULLIVAN/FISCHER AND HAKE.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 10:00:00 PM (20 Minute Clock Begins At Eastern)
3x6.5" silk ribbon w/accents of tiny threads down left and right edges. The top features a graphic of a perched eagle with its wings slightly lifted as if ready to take flight while the lower section has the coat of arms of the state of Pennsylvania. Text reads: at top "Our Country Right Or Worng" (misspelling on ribbon); at center "Cass & Democracy/Butler And Patriotism" and at bottom "Painter & Honesty/Liberty And Equality." In 1848, Lewis Cass and William Butler campaigned on the national Democratic ticket as presidential and vice presidential nominees. This ribbon was produced for that campaign and features Cass & Butler along with Colonel Israel Painter who campaigned on the Democratic ticket for canal commissioner in Pennsylvania. While the national ticket was defeated, Painter was victorious and would serve as Canal Commissioner from 1849 through 1852. Several faint light brown dots of toning scattered throughout and blending with the cream background. A tiny 1/8" separation of threads in the field above the "t" in "Right". Several light wrinkles the most notable are two diagonals that affect the eagle design and the words "Right", "Democracy" and "Patriotism" minimally. Otherwise only trivial fabric pulls seen when backlit and not affecting the impressive display. Untrimmed and VF. Sullivan and Fischer list only four Cass ribbons in their seminal reference guide all of which featured portraits and none having coattails. We are aware of around ten examples total between all four listed varieties with the present example being a new discovery to the organized hobby. Many collectors of 19th century political campaign material consider finding a Cass ribbon akin to finding the holy grail and the opportunity to obtain a previously unknown coattail example should be considered a once in a lifetime opportunity.
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