Many campaign materials from the 1860 Presidential Campaign featured images of Abraham Lincoln and his running-mate, Hannibal Hamlin. Recently appearing in this blog, for example, was an 1860 Lincoln-Hamlin jugate. Ferrotypes were commonly used for small buttons and pins.
This 1860 Lincoln-Hamlin ferrotype pin featured Abraham Lincoln on one side and Hannibal Hamlin on the other. It's listed on eBay by seller walnutts, who frequently lists items of historical interest. The ferrotype pin is currently at $315, with nearly 8 days to go before the auction ends on March 21, 2011.
The images are clean and crisp with small surface scratches that are most noticable under magnification:
The ferrotype pin is about 15/16" in diameter. The brass frame bears the year of 1860 on both sides, and the name "Abraham Lincoln" and "Hannibal Hamlin" on the appropriate sides. A hole in the top of the frame allowed for the insertion of a ribbon for use as a necklace or a lanyard.
Ferrotypes are photos on tin. As a photographic medium that was popular during Lincoln's latter days, it's sometimes confused with daguerreotypes. Here's a run-down of mediums on which Lincoln's photographic image was commonly produced:
- Daguerreotype (photo on polished silver plate). Required a dangerous process: heating mercury and using the vapors to develop the plate. Popular from about 1839-1860.
- Ambrotype (photo on glass). Cheaper than daguerreotypes to produce but generally resulted in a duller image. Popular from about 1851-1870.
- Ferrotype (photo on tin). Popular from about 1853-1920.
- CDV or carte-de-visite (photo on paper). Popular from about 1850-1900.
For a pictorial guide to these image types, see Thomas Weynants' Pioneer Processes in Early Photography.