Lot #32
Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln-signed check from early 1860, three months before his Republican nomination
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Estimate: $10000+

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Lincoln-signed check from early 1860, three months before his Republican nomination

Highly desirable Springfield Marine & Fire Insurance Company check, 7 x 2.25, filled out and signed by Lincoln, “A. Lincoln,” payable to Ruth, Matheny & Watson for $5, January 12, 1860. Archivally cloth-matted and framed with a portrait of Lincoln to an overall size of 14 x 17.25. In fine condition, with a cancellation cut above signature, punch hole to left edge, and a bit of scattered light soiling.

This check, drawn on the Springfield Marine and Fire Insurance Company, which had been founded by friends of Lincoln, was signed on quite the busy day for the future president. On January 12, Lincoln appeared before the Illinois Supreme Court to defend the Illinois Central Railroad against a lawsuit filed by the State of Illinois concerning the company’s failure to pay taxes in 1857. He also traded in his old buggy to a carriage maker and wrote a few checks, including the one offered here. A desirable item entirely in the hand of a man who’d soon become one of the nation’s greatest presidents. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs And Artifacts
  • Dates: May 20 - June 15

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