Abraham Lincoln Campaign Medal

Description (Brief)
This presidential campaign medal was made by the Scovill Manufacturing Company around 1860. The Scovill Company was established in 1802 as a button manufacturer that is still in business today. Scovill was an early industrial American innovator, adapting armory manufacturing processes to mass-produce a variety of consumer goods including buttons, daguerreotype mats, and campaign badges.
Obverse: Bust depiction of Abraham Lincoln facing forward. The legend reads: ABRAM LINCOLN/ FREE LAND, FREE SPEECH & FREE MEN.
Reverse: An image of an eagle with the U.S. shield, clutching arrows and an olive branch in its talons. The legend reads: UNION OF THE STATES.
Currently not on view
Object Name
medal, political
Lincoln, Abraham
Scovill Manufacturing Company
overall: 2.3 cm; 7/8 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Industry & Manufacturing
Government, Politics, and Reform
Scovill Manufacturing Collection
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Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
Scovill Manufacturing Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Visitor Comments

1/20/2013 11:17:54 PM
Kevin Abney
How were these campaign medals distributed during the Presidential campaign of 1860? Did the campaign receive them and issue them to donors? Lastly, why did they use the name "Abram Lincoln" on these early tokens? Thank you. Kevin Abney
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