STRANDS OF HAIR IDENTIFIED TO GEORGE WASHINGTON AND ABRAHAM LINCOLN

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Offered is a very attractive framed & matted 14” x11” display with color images of each man. Below each image are a few strands of hair belonging to each individual, under magnified covers for easy viewing.

Washington’s hair descended in the family of George Steptoe Washington, nephew of George Washington, to his great granddaughter Martha Washington of Philadelphia, the great-great-grandniece of General George Washington.  George Steptoe Washington was the son of Samuel Walter Washington who died in 1781.  George Washington acted as guardian for his nephew after his brother’s death.  Martha Washington took possession of the lock of George Washington’s hair this strand originated from in 1924, which was then sold at auction.

Lincoln’s strands 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 wrap.

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