John C. Breckinridge Campaign Badge

Description (Brief)
This presidential campaign badge was made by the Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut 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. The rim of this badge has a hole so it could be worn.
Obverse: Tintype of John Breckinridge. The rim’s legend reads: JOHN. C. BRECKINRIDGE 1860.
Reverse: Tintype of Joseph Lane. The rim’s legend reads: JOSEPH LANE 1860.
Currently not on view
Breckinridge, John C.
Lane, Joseph
Scovill Manufacturing Company
overall: 2.5 cm; in
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related event
Presidential Campaign of 1860
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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