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Tintype badge in case: Lincoln

Object Number: 
1971.109ff
Date: 
ca. 1865
Medium: 
Textile, tintype, plastic, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 x 3 1/4 x 3 3/4 in. ( 2.5 x 8.3 x 9.5 cm )
Marks: 
handwritten in ink: on slip of paper found in case: "Made by mother & / worn by father at / the time of Lincoln's death / Howard M Canoune" typewritten: on slip of paper found in case: "Badge made by Louise M. H. Canoune / and worn by her husband Newton
Description: 
Badge in the form of a rosette made from red, white, and blue ribbon, with tintype of Abraham Lincoln in gilded rectangular frame at center and black netting attached to back; in rectangular brown plastic case with hinged lid and elaborate molded design on front and back.
Gallery Label: 
The case, which is described as a "daguerrotype case" in the original accession records, appears to be made of thermoplastic, a substance invented and patented by Samuel Peck in 1854. Thermoplastic was the first plastic product to be mass-produced in the United States.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Coates in loving memory of Howard Masten and Anne Louise Canoune
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group