Lot #8080
Mary Todd Lincoln

Lace folding fan belonging to Mary Todd—a rare artifact descending directly from the Lincoln family
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Estimate: $3000+

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Description

Lace folding fan belonging to Mary Todd—a rare artifact descending directly from the Lincoln family

Attractive folding fan owned by Mary Todd Lincoln, which extends to 17 x 9.5, with bone or ivory monture embellished with golden floral designs, and the cloth leaf adorned with a floral lace cover and silver sequins. In very good to fine condition, with one stick partially broken near top and leaf beginning to separate from left guard. Provenance: The Property of Robert Russell Crans, Jr.

This fan descended to the consignor from Robert Todd Lincoln and his children. Additional items, mainly furnishings, have recently been gifted by Robert Russell Crans Jr. to the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield and to Hildene, Robert Todd Lincoln's former residence in New Hampshire. To the best of our knowledge, this is very likely the last group of Lincoln artifacts owned by direct or collateral descendants.

Provenance: Mary Todd Lincoln > Robert Todd Lincoln > Jesse Harlan Lincoln (1875-1948, m. Warren Beckwith) > Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith (1904-1985, m. Hazel H. Wilson in 1927) > by gift to Doris Holland Beckwith (step-daughter of Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, m. Russell Crans) > Robert Russell Crans, Jr (born 1962).

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Presidents
  • Dates: February 11 - February 18