Stephen A. Douglas 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 is an important example of early American industrial manufacturing that adapted armory machines to mass-produce a variety of consumer goods including buttons, daguerreotype mats, and campaign badges. This tintype is in a circular bronze frame, and there is a hole in the top of the frame allowing the badge to be worn.
Obverse: Tintype photograph of Stephen A. Douglas, labeled “STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS.”
Reverse: Tintype photograph of Herschel V. Johnson labeled “HERSCHEL V. JOHNSON.”
Currently not on view
Douglas, Stephen A.
Johnson, Herschel V.
Scovill Manufacturing Company
overall: 2.5 cm; in
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related event
Presidential Campaign of 1860
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Scovill Manufacturing Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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