Free franked transmittal envelope, 5.5 x 3, addressed in Lincoln’s hand to “Hon. C. Sumner,” and franked in the upper right corner, “A. Lincoln.” Double-matted and framed with images of President Lincoln and Charles Sumner to an overall size of 20 x 12.5. In fine condition, with a tear to the upper left corner and spreading to ink in a few letters. Sumner was an ardent and outspoken abolitionist, at first clashing with Lincoln over the president’s less radical policies. Despite Sumner’s criticisms and Lincoln’s hesitation to follow his advice, the two had great mutual respect for each other and were ultimately working toward the same moral goals in the preservation of the Union and emancipation of slavery. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
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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 19, 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.
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Original 75-cent Ford’s Theatre ticket, 3.5 x 2.25, printed on orange stock with a central image of three silver quarter-dollar coins. The text on the front reads: “Ford’s Theatre, Tenth Street, Erected A.D. 1863.” The reverse (now obscured by frame) bears a facsimile signature of Ford’s Theatre treasurer Harry Clay Ford, brother of theatre owner John T. Ford, and the acting manager of the theatre for the April 14, 1865, performance where President Lincoln was assassinated. Beautifully triple-suede-matted and framed with images and plaques to an overall size of 29.75 x 18.75. In very good condition, with creases, soiling, and rounded corners. This 75¢ ticket is said to be a ticket used by a theatre-goer on the evening of April 14, 1865.
According to Ford’s Theatre, ‘John T. Ford’s theatre on 10th Street was in its second season when the English actress and producer Laura Keene (1826-1873) opened a two-week engagement with Ford’s stock company that would conclude with a production of the British hit comedy ‘Our American Cousin.’ Keene would appear in the role of Florence Trenchard…The performance, scheduled for April 14th, would also be a ‘benefit’ for Keene (meaning that the house proceeds were reserved for her). By persuading President Lincoln to attend, Ford could use both the ‘benefit’ and Lincoln’s presence as lures to pack the theatre with playgoers. The tickets, costing 75 cents each and handed to ticket-taker John Buckingham in the lobby, would entitle the bearers to a seat in the first tier of the theatre, on the same level with the box the president would occupy that night.’ Oversized. RR Auction COA.
Hand-addressed and free-franked envelope panel, 4 x 2.25, addressed by Lincoln to, “Thurlow Weed, Albany, New York,” and franked in the upper right, “A. Lincoln,” bearing a Washington, D.C. postmark (the date is indecipherable but has been erroneously penciled to read 1860). Matted and framed in a vintage presentation with a portrait engraving and medal to an overall size of 9 x 10.25. Tear to top right affecting last two letters of signature, pencil marks and highlights to postmark, and some scattered light toning and creasing, otherwise fine condition. Weed (1797–1882) was a New York political boss and organizer who, after his strong support of Lincoln in the 1860 election, lost favor with the administration after voicing opposition to the Emancipation Proclamation. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from James Spence. Lincoln free franks are quite rare, with only seven others having been sold by us over the past 20 years—only four of the seven were signed as president. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Civil War-dated handwritten endorsement of a prisoner’s release signed as president, one lightly-lined page, 7.5 x 1.75, May 3, 1864. Lincoln writes, “Let the prisoner above named be discharged on the condition stated.” Matted and framed with an attractive and desirable original William E. Marshall engraving of Lincoln to an overall size of 21 x 28. In very good condition, with some irregular toning not affecting the very bold handwriting and signature. Oversized. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Ink signature, “A. Lincoln,” on an off-white slip. Double-matted with an image of Lincoln seated at a table to an overall size of 6.25 x 9. In fine condition, with several light vertical folds and a light central horizontal fold passing through lower portion of signature. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Desirable mounted platinum print photograph of Lincoln, 7.75 x 9.5, printed by George B. Ayres circa 1890 from the original negative taken by Alexander Hesler shot in Springfield, Illinois, in 1860. Affixed to a slightly larger mount, with a copyright credit on the reverse, “Copyright, Geo. B. Ayres, Phila,” and a “G. E. Ayres, Copyright 1881,” photographer’s stamp to lower left corner. In fine condition, with some scattered light surface marks, visible only at an extreme angle. A very presentable and desirable period portrait of the president. RR Auction COA.
Original 1860 campaign token, 1″ in diameter, featuring a ferrotype portrait of a beardless Lincoln. Reverse (not visible) bears a ferrotype portrait of his running mate, Hannibal Hamlin. Attractively double-matted and framed to an overall size of 10.5 x 10.75. Chipping to edges of the image (not affecting his face), otherwise fine condition. RR Auction COA.
Exceptional handwritten legal brief, signed “Lincoln f. d.,” one page, 7.25 x 2.5, no date. Document reads, in full: “And for further plea in this behalf the said defendant says plaintiff acto non because he says the indebtedness in the declaration mentioned, did not accrue to the said plaintiff at any time within sixteen years next before the commencement of this suit; and this the defendant is ready to verify, wherefore H.” Double-matted and framed with a portrait of Lincoln to an overall size of 22.25 x 28. In fine, clean condition, with a single horizontal fold through last line of text. A particularly well-preserved example with over 50 words in Lincoln’s hand. Oversized. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Handwritten endorsement, as president, signed “A. Lincoln,” dated April 3, 1863, written vertically on an off-white 8.25 x 3.5 mailing envelope, addressed in an unknown hand to Lincoln, “His Excellency, A. Lincoln, President U.S.” Lincoln writes, in full: “Mr. Whitehill appears to be a worthy and competent gentleman, and being so well recommended by Hon. Thadeus [sic] Stevens & Hon. John Strohm, I would be glad to appoint him an Additional Pay Master, if the service of another is needed.” A couple ink notations along top edge, a horizontal fold near bottom, endorsement over a small portion of address, and a bit of scattered light soiling, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by an engraved portrait of Lincoln, and a clipped label from Goodspeed’s Book Shop in Boston, having been previously framed by them.
While preparing his visit to Major General Joseph Hooker’s headquarters the following day, Lincoln wrote this sincere endorsement of Mr. Whitehill’s appointment to “Additional Pay Master,” based on the recommendations of the influential Thaddeus Stevens of Pennsylvania and his predecessor in the U. S. House of Representatives, John Strohm. With its mention of Stevens, one of the most powerful men in Congress and an early advocate for the Emancipation Proclamation that was finally issued three months prior to this endorsement, this is a highly desirable piece from a crucial year in the Civil War. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.