STRANDS OF HAIR FROM ABRAHAM LINCOLN, CHARLES SUMNER AND SCHUYLER COLFAX

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With the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation decree of 1863 was legally the law of the land.  Charles Sumner and Schuyler Colfax were important advocates of this law being passed granting freedom from slavery. Throughout the war, Sumner had been the special champion of African Americans, being the most vigorous advocate of emancipation, of enlisting African Americans in the Union army, and of the establishment of the Freedmen’s Bureau. Sumner fought to provide equal civil and voting rights for freedmen. Schulyer Colfax was an energetic opponent of slavery; he was elected Speaker of the House and announced the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865 after working diligently for the necessary votes for Lincoln to secure passage in the House.

Offered is a burgundy matted 11" x 14", double matted unframed display with copies of photos of (from left to right) Lincoln, Sumner and Colfax. Under each photo are a few strands of hair from each individual. The hairs are covered with 3X magnified covers to amplify the hair for better viewing.

These 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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