STRANDS OF HAIR FROM ABRAHAM LINCOLN, WITH REMNANT OF PARLOR DRAPERY FROM SPRINGFIELD, IL HOME

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Offered is an 11” x 14” burgundy double matted display with copies of photos of Abraham Lincoln and his home in Springfield, IL.  Below Lincoln's photo are a few strands of his hair; under the other photo is a small section of fabric (approx. ½”  x ½”).  The hairs & fabric are covered with 3X magnified covers to amplify the artifacts for better viewing.

These strands of hair came from locks of hair collected by Mrs. Caroline Wright, the wife of Indiana Governor Joseph A. Wright. Mrs. Wright collected hair of political figures during the latter half of the 19th Century and these were given to her after Lincoln’s inauguration in 1865 as a token of friendship between the Wrights and the Lincolns. These relics passed through the Wright family until sold with other items at Christie’s auction house in 1992. In 2002 these relics were again sold by Christie’s as a part of the Forbes Collection (Lot #121). A description of the lot is included with the certificate of authenticity which is enclosed inside the shrink warp.

The fabric remnant in this display originated from a larger piece wrapped in the brown paper shown in the attached letter of authenticity, which was purchased by Harry Wilton of Springfield, IL from the Lincolns before they left for Washington, D.C.  The damask remnant was once part of a drape that was in the Lincoln's parlor.  Wilton was the US Marshall in Springfield and a friend of the Lincolns. Other items that Wilton purchased from the Lincolns were later sold to the Henry Ford Museum by his relatives.   [ld]

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