Stephen A. Douglas Campaign Badge

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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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Presidential Campaign of 1860
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National Museum of American History


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