Abraham Lincoln Lock of Hair

03 Feb

Unique pair of artistically fashioned locks of Abraham Lincoln’s hair originating from a lock clipped by Dr. Charles Sabin Taft, who attended to the president on the night of his assassination. Most impressive is an ornately decorated oval locket, 2 x 1.5, which opens to reveal a superb rendering of the log cabin in Kentucky where Lincoln was born, accomplished using strands of his hair and set against a mother-of-pearl background. A handwritten notation displayed on the opposing side describes the piece, in full: “Sketch of Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace, Harding, Ky, Feb. 12 1[80]9, Made from a lock of Lincoln’s hair secured by Dr. Sabin Taft on the night of the assassination, April 14, 1865, Washington.” A smaller brooch, 1 x .5, is decorated with jewels around the perimeter and displays a matching depiction of the cabin, also made using strands of this lock. A simple description is engraved on the reverse, in full: “Lincoln. Apl. 14. 1865.” In overall fine condition.

Absentee Bidding Starts Thursday February 12, 2015

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