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Winning Bid:
$3,472.15 (Includes 18% Buyer's Premium)
Bidding Ended:
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 9:00:00 PM (20 Minute Clock Begins At Wednesday, February 24, 2021 9:00:00 PM)
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Auction #231 Part I
Value Code:
J - $700 to $1,000 Help Icon
Item Description
4.25" tall, 6" handle to spout. c. 1838. Referencing abolitionist minister and newspaper editor Lovejoy who was murdered by a mob of pro-slavery advocates while defending his printing press in Alton, Illinois. Front depicts Lady Liberty next to a printing press w/classic abolitionist symbol of a kneeling African American at her feet and discarded whip at bottom center. The scene appears set in the clouds and has additional text below "The People's Friend." Reverse has text of the First Amendment of the US Constitution. Two 1/8" chips on extreme outer edge of base. Otherwise only light wear. Exc. Lovejoy's murder transfixed abolitionists across the nation. Abraham Lincoln, speaking against slavery in 1838 at the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, IL, decried tactics of mob violence, a veiled reference to Lovejoy's gruesome death. John Brown in his famed sermon responding to the news stated "Here, Before God, In The Presence Of These Witnesses, From This Time, I Consecrate My Life To The Destruction Of Slavery." Mike Nichols Collection.
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