Abraham Lincoln Ambrotype Portrait and Presidential Election Campaign Badge, 1860

Summary

This portrait of Abraham Lincoln was used as a campaign badge during the 1860 presidential election. It was originally housed in an oval brass frame and pinned to one's clothing. The ambrotype is based on a photograph of Lincoln taken by Mathew B. Brady on February 27, 1860. Lincoln was in New York City to give a speech at Cooper Union.

This portrait of Abraham Lincoln was used as a campaign badge during the 1860 presidential election. It was originally housed in an oval brass frame and pinned to one's clothing. The ambrotype is based on a photograph of Lincoln taken by Mathew B. Brady on February 27, 1860. Lincoln was in New York City to give a speech at Cooper Union.

This ambrotype shows a bust portrait of Abraham Lincoln with no beard. The image is based on a photograph of Lincoln taken by Mathew B. Brady on February 27, 1860. At this time, Lincoln was in New York City to give an address at Cooper Union sponsored by the Young Men's Central Republican Union of New York on the 27th of February. This organization held numerous speeches by prospective candidates for the Republican Party's Presidential nomination. Lincoln made a case for banning slavery in all new U.S. territories while leaving it in the exiting fifteen southern states. This moderate position speech can be seen as the beginning of his successful presidential campaign.

Used as a campaign badge during the 1860 Presidential election, the ambrotype is made of collodion emulsion on a glass plate. It was originally housed in an oval brass frame and pinned to one's clothing to show support for Lincoln's candidacy. The ambrotype was later housed in this union photographic case made of a dark brown thermoplastic, called Gutta Percha, which is formed under heat into fancy patterns. The front and back of the case have a diagonal crisscrossed pattern inside a nonpareil border surrounded by a scroll design. The information about the use as a campaign badge rests on the existence of two cards inside the case behind the ambrotype. The first card reads: "A.F Clough, Ambrotypic Artist Warren, N.H." The second card, oval-shaped and orange-colored, reads: "For President. Hon. Abraham Lincoln. Manufactured by Geo. Clark, Jr. & Co., Ambrotype Artists No. 59 Court Street Boston."

Detailed Description
Artifact

Ambrotype (Photograph)

Date Made

1860

Subject Date

1860

Creators

Clark, George, Jr. 

Clough, A. F. 

S. Peck & Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Connecticut, New Haven 

United States, Massachusetts, Boston 

United States, New Hampshire, Warren 

Creator Notes

Original photograph by Mathew Brady. Ambrotype and badge by A.F. Clough, Warren, New Hampshire, and George Clark, Jr. & Co., Boston, Massachusetts. Photograph case by S. Peck & Company, New Haven, Connecticut.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2005.0.31.74

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Brass (Alloy)
Collodion
Glass (Material)
Gutta-percha
Metal
Silk (Textile)

Technique

Casting (Process)
Direct positive processes

Color

Brown
Red

Dimensions

Height: 3 in

Width: 2.625 in

Depth: 0.75 in

Inscriptions

On card in case behind ambrotype: A.F Clough, Ambrotypic Artist Warren, N.H. On oval orange card in case behind ambrotype: For President. Hon. Abraham Lincoln Manufactured by Geo. Clark, Jr. & Co., Ambrotype Artists No. 59 Court Street Boston

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