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Very Rare 1845 "Oblique Process" Button From the Henry Clay Election
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Here is a very rare button! This is the first one of these that I have been able to offer in my 30+ years in the business. This is the button from the 1845 presidential campaign of Henry Clay. It is the version listed in as a button made by the "Oblique Process". In this "oblique" process, used only in this election, the portrait is not visible when viewed head-on, but visible only when viewed at a slight angle. The affect is quite striking, and very similar to today's holograms. The face of the button is made of brass and when you turn it to the side, you can see it clearly but the other angles it hardly shows up at all. On the back of thew button it has the original back and shank intact. You can clearly see the "SCOVILLS & CO. / SUPERFINE" backmark. In the book they listed this one in 1976 with a relative value of $100. It is an amazing button.

Item #: B3783
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