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Overall: 15 3/4 x 13 x 1 3/4 in. ( 40 x 33 x 4.4 cm )
embossed: on lower edge of reverse: "PAT. APPD. FOR"
Tin campaign torch with rectangular reservoir sandwiched between two cut-out sheets that are shaped to resemble an axe head; cylindrical wick holder projects from top of reservoir.
According to the accession records, this torch was used during one of Abraham Lincoln's presidential campaigns (1860 or 1864). It was most likely mounted on a pole and carried in a parade or procession.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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