January 2003 Americana Catalog.

Lot# 1337

Script GW with Salient Border. 24 Impressions. Cobb 7a, WHB-unlisted (unknown to Albert in 1949), RAU.WI.5B (this piece), DeW-unlisted (his GW1789.17, with 23 impressions, is misattributed to WI.15B), F/R-unlisted (B.1007 is the 23 impressions variety). Fine. Brass. 85.7 gns. 31.3mm. Original shank. Single piece. Dark golden brown, the surface quite granular in appearance. Back slightly darker. Cobb's descriptive label on the back. GW in script letters in the center, LONG LIVE THE PRESIDENT in raised letters around, a salient border around composed of 24 impressions. Extremely rare: Albert rated this R-6, with between three and five known specimens. The Albert Plate Specimen, chosen to illustrate RAU.WI.5B in 1976. The fact that Albert used a plate of Cobb's specimen to illustrate 5B suggests he did not have one of his own to photograph. Accordingly, there may actually be fewer than three to five specimens known. Cobb knew of only one specimen, his, found by Peter Shurto in 1962 in a jewelry box in an Old Saybrook, Connecticut estate (R.I. Bannister's). {cp8}(SEE COLOR PLATE)