Presidential Campaign Copperhead Party-Related Articles, comprising a cut Liberty Head copper cent badge (symbol of the party) mounted under glass, and a satirical ambigram / invertible drawing depicting a smiling, ruddy-nosed chap, inscribed "A 'Copperhead' / on the / Day of Election", the reverse image depicting a scowling fellow below the inscription "A 'Copperhead' / Day After / The Election", housed under glass in a figured maple frame. During the 1860s the Copperheads, or Peace Democrats, were a faction that opposed the war effort and advocated for an immediate peace settlement with the Confederacy. Dubbed "Copperheads," a reference to the venomous snake, for their unpopular political stance, members embraced the moniker, choosing the Liberty Head on a copper cent as the party symbol.
Date: Circa 1864.
Size: Drawing 3 1/4" x 2 1/4" sight, 5" x 3 1/2" OA.
Condition: Liberty Head badge heavily worn. Satirical drawing in excellent visual condition. Neither examined out of frame.
Provenance: From the private collection of Dr. George A. and Mary Jane Haas, Alexandria, VA.