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January 2003 Americana Catalog.

Lot# 1347

Plain Roman GW. Narrow W. Cobb 11a, WHB.12, RAU.WI.8A, DeW.GW1789.1 (misattibuted to AW.18), R/F.1000 (misdescribed as having a GW monogram). Fine, or slightly better, these are always soft in appearance. Brass. 150.6 gns. 36.8mm. Shank resoldered (probably by Albert). Single piece. Deep brassy golden brown color. Back slightly darker, as expected. Cobb's descriptive label on the back. GW in Roman letters in the center, LONG LIVE THE PRESIDENT around the border, elsewhere plain. Very rare: Albert rated this R-5, with fewer than 10 known. In the early 1940's, during renovation work on the Southampton, Massachusetts public library, an old tree was cut down and out of one of its limbs fell a hand woven linen bag containing five Cobb 11a's. Three had shanks and two did not. The group was sold to a local resident, who sold them to button collectors who heard about the find. The Cobb piece is from this unusual find. {cp8}(SEE COLOR PLATE)