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#96 - Abraham Lincoln

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A piece of Lincoln's Springfield home
Description                           Estimate: $1,200+          

Section of wood recovered from Abraham Lincoln's home in Springfield, Illinois, 1 x 3.25, affixed to the first page of a pamphlet entitled "Abraham Lincoln and His Last Resting Place," published by the Royal Printing Company of Quincy, Illinois. The page also bears a fountain pen signature and inscription in the hand of Herbert Wells Fay, the longtime custodian of the Lincoln Tomb: "To Prince Gelasio Caetoni, at Lincoln's Tomb, March 9th 1923, accompanying a piece of wood from Lincoln's Springfield home, H. W. Fay, custodian—." Also includes a matte-finish 3.5 x 5 portrait of Lincoln attributed to Christopher S. German, the photographer to the president-elect, which is signed and inscribed on the reverse in fountain pen, "To Prince Caetoni, at Lincoln's Tomb, Mar 19th 1923, H. W. Fay, custodian, owner of original negative—." In fine condition. Fay worked as an editor for the DeKalb Review before serving as custodian of the Lincoln Tomb in Springfield, Illinois in 1921. An avid collector of Lincolniana, Fay owned 90 different portraits of Abraham Lincoln as part of his enormous collection—all of which he housed in a utility room within the Springfield Tomb.


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