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January 2003 Americana Catalog.

Lot# 1351

Fifteen Stars. Cobb's Darby Pattern. Cobb 15, WHB.16 (this piece), RAU.WI.18B (this piece), DeW.GW1789.33 (note), F/R-unlisted. Extremely Fine. Brass. 26.5 gns. 14.8mm. Shank resoldered (probably by Albert). Single piece. Nice, clean and rich golden brown color. Back slightly darker, as expected. Cobb's descriptive label on the back. Circle of 15 stars in the center, single line border around, LONG LIVE THE PRESIDENT and small stop around the outside. Unique. Albert wrote ``Note. Only one specimen of this pattern has been reported to me.'' Cobb paid $750 for this piece, the highest price for any item in his collection. It was first published in 1947 in the National Button Bulletin as having been found in California. {cp8}(SEE COLOR PLATE)