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#19 - Abraham Lincoln and Cabinet

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Exceptionally rare ‘Team of Rivals’ Sanitary Fair autograph sheet
Description                           Estimate: $25,000+          

Ink signatures, “A. Lincoln,” “William H. Seward,” “S. P. Chase,” “Edwin M. Stanton,” “Gideon Welles,” “J. P. Usher,” “M. Blair,” and “Edw: Bates,” on an off-white 5.75 x 8.75 colorfully bordered sheet, headed, “Autographs of the President and Cabinet, 1864.” Nicely mounted, matted, and framed with an engraving of Lincoln and his cabinet and a small plaque to an overall size of 19 x 15.5. In very good to fine condition, with light soiling (primarily to the lower half of the sheet) and a repaired tear to the right side, affecting none of the signatures; Lincoln’s signature is pristine in every regard.

These special autograph sheets were produced for the famous Sanitary Fairs held during the Civil War for the benefit of sick and wounded soldiers. This example—one of few known—was purchased by Elisha N. Sill, a friend of famed abolitionist John Brown, at the Northern Ohio Sanitary Fair in February 1864. Lincoln and his cabinet members donated these autographs to be sold or auctioned at the fairs, and indeed the book Historical Sketch of the Soldiers Aid Society of Northern Ohio describes the fair, saying, ‘Several fine engravings adorn the walls, autographs of Lincoln are for sale here, and useful and fancy goods of every variety.’ The was later found inside Sill’s two-volume set of The American Conflict by Horace Greeley, which had been purchased by Lincoln scholar Judge Lewis D. Slusser about one hundred years ago. An exceedingly rare compilation of autographs, this is a truly remarkable piece of presidential memorabilia. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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