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December 31, 2021

From James Cummins’ Bookseller January 2021 fixed-price catalog: “Signed portrait, holograph inscription to Richard Harding Davis, being a Vanity Fair portrait by Spy titled ‘U.S.A.’. London: [circa 1897].  Inscribed in the margin below the image. Lithographed by Vincent Brooks Day & Son. 15 x 9.25 inches. Mounted to board. Toned, crease through the top of the image. An autographed Spy portrait of Hay, with a nice inscription to journalist and writer Richard Harding Davis, a close confidant of Theodore Roosevelt.  Hay (1838-1905) Abraham Lincoln’s private secretary and later biographer, served as Secretary of State under Presidents McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt, helping to establish the Open Door Policy and involved in the negotiations for the Panama Canal. At the time of this Vanity Fair portrait, he was serving as Ambassador to the United Kingdom.” Price: $1250.  


Another offering from James Cummins Bookseller. “(Lincoln Assassination) Todd, George B., M.D.  Autograph Letter, Signed (‘George’), to his brother, giving his eye-witness account of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on the night of April 14th, 1865.  4 pp. 8vo. The Surgeon of the ‘Montauk’ Gives an Eye-Witnesses Account. Slight soiling and minor tears along old folds, otherwise in very good condition Published (from a copy in the State Historical Library of Wisconsin) in Timothy S. Good, WE SAW LINCOLN SHOT (U. of Miss., 1995; with the mistaken date of April 30, 1865).

‘…About 10:25 P.M. a man came in and walked slowly along the side …’ A remarkably clear and dramatic eyewitness account of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln from a naval surgeon who was close to the President’s box at Ford’s theater on that fateful night of April 14, 1865. In this letter to his brother written the night after the assassination, while the details were still fresh in his memory, Dr. George B. Todd, surgeon aboard the U.S. ‘Montauk’ at anchor in the Navy Yard that day, recounts the terrible event with a clarity of observation one might expect of his profession – a rarity among confused eyewitness accounts. The text of Todd’s letter – one of only 7 eyewitness accounts written within 24 hours of the assassination – reads: ‘The few hours that have intervened since that most terrible tragedy of last night have served to give me a little clearer brain, and I believe I am now able to give you a clear account up to this hour. Yesterday about 3 P.M. the President and wife drove down to the navy yard and paid our ship a visit, going all over her, accompanied by us all. Both seemed very happy, and so expressed themselves, – glad that this war was over, or so near its end, and then drove back to the White House. In the evening nearly all of us went to the Ford’s Theatre. I was very early and got a seat near the President’s private box, as we heard he was to be there. About half past nine he came in with his wife, a Miss Harris and Major Rathburn and was cheered by every one. As soon as there was a silence the play went on, and I could see that the ‘pres.’ seemed to enjoy it very much. About 10:25 P.M. a man came in and walked slowly along the side on which the ‘pres.’ box was and I heard a man say ‘here’s Booth’ and I turned my head to look at him. He was still walking very slow, and was near the box door, when he stopped, took a card from his pocket, wrote something on it, and gave it to the usher, who took it to the box. In a minute the door was opened and he walked in. No sooner had the door closed, then I heard the report of a pistol and on the instant, Booth jumped out of the box onto the stage, holding in his hand a large knife, and shouted so as to be heard all over the house – ‘Sic Semper Tyrannis’ (‘so always with tyrants’) and fled behind the scenes- I attempted to get to the box but I could not and in an instant the cry was raised ‘The President is Assassinated.’ Such a scene I never saw before. The cry spread to the street, only to be met by another, ‘So is Mr. Seward.’ Soldiers had gone. Some General handed me a note and bid me go to the nearest telegraph office and arouse the nation. I ran with all my speed and in ten minutes the sad news was all over the country. Today all the city is in mourning, nearly every house being in black and I have not seen a smile. No business and many a strong man I have seen in tears. Some reports say Booth is a prisoner, others that he has made his escape, but from orders received here, I believe he is taken as a mob once raised now would know no end. I will not seal this until morning and I may have some more news.’  April 24th. ‘I have had no time to write until now, as I have been a detective. We have now 7 that are implicated. Why don’t you write? Love to all, George’. Several important facts regarding the movements of both the President and John Wilkes Booth are recorded here: (1) This appears to be the only eyewitness account of the President’s inspection of the ‘Montauk’ earlier that afternoon. (2) Todd’s account of Booth’s interaction with the ‘usher’ sitting outside the President’s box (‘took a card from his pocket, wrote something on it, and gave it to the usher’) is especially intriguing, and reveals not only something of Todd’s powers of observations, but also his proximity to the assassin immediately before the shooting. Todd alone among eyewitnesses notes that the ‘usher’ first took the card from Booth, then went into the box, and that a short time later the door opened, and Booth went in. In fact, Good finds only 7 other eye-witness accounts of the Lincoln assassination as early as April 15 — most of these witnesses record little or nothing regarding the events before hearing the shot itself, and none of them noticed Booth’s interchange with the usher (who was, in fact, Lincoln’s valet, Charles Forbes). There are three other accounts by eyewitnesses which partially corroborate Todd’s observation of the Forbes and Booth interchange — but they were written much later than Todd’s. (3) Todd’s observation of the time he spotted Booth moving toward the box (‘about 10:25’) corresponds to Good’s own conclusion that Booth fired the fatal shot close to 10:30 PM. According to James Swanson (MANHUNT, p. 419) ‘the exact time of Booth’s shot cannot be fixed … Booth may have shot Lincoln as early as 10:13 or as late as 10:30’ Todd’s account – again, one of the freshest and most reliable, weighs heavily in favor of Good. (4) Todd, by his own account, played a role in alerting the nation by telegraph. (5) Although he doesn’t mention it, as a surgeon of the ironclad Montauk, Todd was also probably present at the autopsy of John Wilkes Booth on Thursday, April 27 in the gun room of his ship. Indeed, in an article in the February issue of the Baltimore and Ohio Magazine, 1926, where the letter was first published and reproduced, Todd is reported to have been ‘one of the surgeons who performed the autopsy.’ That, as well as the fact that the other prisoners were being held on board the ironclad ‘Montauk’ and ‘Saugus’, may explain his cryptic remark near the end (‘… I have been a detective …’). Todd actually mailed the letter on April 30, 3 days after the autopsy, and may very have participated in the actual investigation of the captives aboard the ‘Montauk.’ AN EXTRAORDINARY AND UNIQUE RECORD OF ONE THE NATION’S GREAT TRAGEDIES.”   (Price: $100,000.)


Offered on eBay: Vintage Civil War CDV of General Ulysses S Grant and Staff Photo.  Albumen CDV of General U.S. Grant posed with four members of his staff, verso imprint of Henszey & Co., Philadelphia, PA. The subjects include Seneca attorney, engineer, and tribal diplomat-turned-Civil War officer Ely Samuel Parker (left sitting), Adam Badeau, General Grant (at table), Orville Elias Babcock, and Horace Porter. $1580


Hake’s Americana on February 24, 2021. We reprint the full catalog description:

“As the election year of 1860 dawned, America remained a youthful country with over half of the population aged 19 or younger. Fractured along a North & South meridian, the experiment in self-governance, then 84 years on, was in peril. Early in March a group of 36 young men from Hartford, CT formed a political group, The Wide Awakes, inspired by a gaunt young politician from Illinois who had thrust himself into the presidential spotlight after a speech at Cooper Union, New York advocating the rights of workers and the end of slavery’s spread. On March 5, after Lincoln’s address in their hometown, the group, clad in their oilcloth capes with torches aloft and band in tow, formed a marching party to escort Lincoln to his resting place for the night. The spectacle impressed Lincoln who encouraged this grassroots youth faction whose numbers soon began to rise across the country. By mid-summer, Wide Awake groups had sprung up in every Northern state, their quasi-military fraternal hierarchy gave structure and identity to its burgeoning politically minded youth members now emerging as a force and enchanting the northern electorate with massive evening demonstrations of torches, bands, banners and fireworks. They naturally adopted the Providence or All-Seeing-Eye to illustrate their political awakening utilizing the powerful imagery across their marches. By October, the group had swelled to nearly 500,000 members with demonstrations in New York and Chicago attracting tens of thousands during the final month of the presidential campaign. Lincoln’s victory solidified the group as the most effective grass roots political organization in US history. Artifacts produced by the Wide Awakes, beyond some tokens, are notoriously scarce with items featuring the All-Seeing-Eye ranking among the most coveted by collectors. Banners like this are almost non-existent, especially in private hands, and even when considered alongside other pre-Civil War textiles, this artifact’s uniqueness and visual appeal distinguish it among its impressive peers.

17.5” x 39″ hand-stitched cotton panels retaining metallic fringe along bottom edge and vegetable dyed cotton band at top with loops for securing to a pole. Design is dominated by a large ‘All Seeing Eye’ in top field accented by star rosettes at each corner. Bottom field has two red stripes flanking a center cream stripe with text ‘Lincoln Hamlin.’ Vertical fabric separations noted for accuracy: four in blue field- a 3″ & 1″ at bottom left, a 3″ & 1.5″ at lower right; three in the right red stripe- a 2″ at top center, a 1.5″ & 3″ at extreme bottom right and two in white stripe- a 5″ & 1.25″ in lower left field not affecting text. Additionally, we note two horizontal fabric separations at bottom of white stripe where decorative fringe has slightly separated and faint damp staining throughout most notably in cream field affecting the ‘lin’ in ‘Hamlin.’ Otherwise moderate handling and even toning consistent with use and age. Fine. These condition issues are relatively moot especially when considering the banner’s uniqueness, historical importance, intended use and the over 160 years it has endured. All in all, it is extremely well preserved. Fresh to market having spent over 30 years deeply embedded in an outstanding collection now coming to market and likely a once in a lifetime opportunity to obtain this important investment grade Lincoln display item destined to be the focal point of its next owner’s collection.” Sold for $143,105.


A dexterity puzzle in the shape of a light bulb (3” tall and 2 1/2” ) in diameter shows Lincoln and, separately, his stovepipe hat. The goal of the puzzle is to get the hat back on Lincoln’s head (fat chance!) Likely made in 1912, it is titled “Abe’s Hat Is In the Ring”. Teddy Roosevelt was running for president that year and also used the “Hat in the Ring” slogan. It sold on eBay for $88. 


PBA Galleries in Berkeley, California held a sale in early July 2021 that included a single item of interest, namely a Nevada Lincoln ballot from 1864, the first national election following Nevada’s statehood. The front lacked graphics of any kind, while the back had a fine counter-fraud design featuring a bearded portrait of Lincoln inscribed “Union Liberty”. It realized a strong $2812.


Rafael Osona Auctions of Nantucket, Massachusetts, known for maritime items, sold a Lincoln-related item on August 7, 2021. It was a letter written on March 6, 1865 to U. S. Treasurer Francis Spinner, asking if he could provide a ticket for that night’s inauguration ball. It had 31 bids and sold for $4062, double what an invitation would cost. They also had a pair of 17” high-relief plaster plaques of Lincoln and Spinner, signed by Charles Stierlin and dated 1868 and 1866 respectively. They were estimated $800-$1200 for the pair, but were so unappealing that nobody wanted them, not even the guy that bought the previous lot. 


Stair Gallery of Hudson, New York held a sale on August 5, 2021. They offered a standard Lincoln bronze plaque by Brenner on a green marble mount. It sold for what may be a record price… $4160.

This probably has no correlation to what the next one will sell for… auctions are a “moment in time”. 


Leland Little Auctions, September 18, 2021:

“(Chicago: Thomas B. Bryan and Edward Mendel, 1863), being an exact copy of President Lincoln’s original 1862 draft Proclamation and incorporating a tipped-on albumen photograph of Lincoln that is credited in print to the studio of Wenderoth & Taylor of Philadelphia; a period blind-stamped Proclamation seal in the lower left corner attests to the document’s authenticity as an official copy of the Proclamation being sold strictly for the benefit of the U. S. Sanitary Commission and the Soldier’s Home of Chicago, Illinois. Presented behind glass in an early 20th century wooden frame with gilt liner. Frame dimensions 36-1/4 x 29-3/8 in.Thomas Bryan, President of the Chicago Soldier’s Home, engaged lithographer Edward Mendel to reproduce Lincoln’s hand-written Emancipation Proclamation for a fund-raising broadside. This proved a great move for posterity since Lincoln’s original document, owned by Bryan, was destroyed by Chicago’s infamous fire of 1871.” $6250.


Jeffrey S.Evans of Mt. Crawford, Virginia, September 24, 2021: 

ABRAHAM LINCOLN PLAQUE, colorless with worn brown decoration, profile of Lincoln, above which is embossed ‘I AM WITH ANYONE WHO IS FOR THE RIGHT. A LINCOLN’, crossed logs form frame. Fourth quarter 19th century. 6 5/8″ x 8 1/4″. $280


From Doyle’s of New York City, hammering for $50,000 plus a 26% buyer’s premium on September 24, 2021:

“Autograph note signed instructing Edwin Stanton to meet with the important African American abolitionist and officer Martin Delany. [Washington:] 21 February 1865. Autograph note in ink on a small card, 2 x 3 1/4 inches (5 x 8 cm), the full text reading ‘Hon. Sec. of War, Please see this intelligent colored man, Mr. Delany – who wants to assist in raising colored troops. Feb. 21, 1865’ and signed ‘A. Lincoln’. A few letters smudged, lightly soiled, the ink dark. 

Provenance: the note is accompanied by a copy of a 1962 newspaper article mentioning the note and reporting it part of the Lincoln collection formed by Mrs. Kenneth Simpson and Mrs. McIntyre Faries, Los Angeles.

A Lincoln note of the highest impact, noting the intelligence of and endorsing the recruitment plan of polymath Dr. Martin Robison Delany, the important abolitionist, physician, ‘father of Black nationalism,’ recruiter of the 54th Massachusetts and, subsequent to his meeting with Lincoln, the highest ranking African American in the United States Army. 

Born in 1812 to a free mother and enslaved father in Charles Town, Virginia (part of West Virginia after 1863), Delany was raised and educated in Pennsylvania and, after an apprenticeship with a physician, opened his own medical practice in Pittsburgh. By 1842, Delany was publishing the abolitionist newspaper The Mystery and travelled to Rochester to work alongside Frederick Douglass to publish The North Star. In 1850, Delany was one of the first three black students accepted to Harvard Medical School only to be dismissed weeks later after complaints from white students. Feeling that black people had no future in the United States, in 1852 Delany authored ‘The Condition, Elevation, Emigration, and Destiny of the Colored People of the United States, Politically Considered’ and by 1856 he moved his family to Ontario, Canada. There he helped settle American refugees arriving from the Underground Railroad. In response to the passivity of some slaves in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’, Delany wrote ‘Blake; or The Huts of America’, a serialized novel which chronicled the travels of a black insurrectionist. In 1859, Delany sailed for Liberia to explore the possibility of a black colony and was a central figure in a treaty with eight indigenous chiefs to create a settlement. The plans were dissolved partly by the coming of the American Civil War and Delany, after having been honored in England during his stopover, returned to the United States. After 1861, Delany devoted himself to the emancipation of American slaves and the recruitment of black soldiers into the Union Army. 

In the war years before his audience with Lincoln, Delany was instrumental in recruiting black troops to join the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment and served as its surgeon. His son, Toussaint L’Ouverture Delany enlisted in the 54th at 15 years old and survived the battle at Fort Wagner (memorialized in the 1989 film Glory). Due partly to Delany’s efforts, 179,000 black men enlisted in the United States Colored Troops, about 10 percent of all who served in the Union Army. 

In early February 1865, Delany travelled to Washington to convince President Lincoln that black men would be more likely to join the Union Army if they served under black commanding officers. Much of the account of the meeting comes from Frances Rollin’s 1868 ‘The Life and Public Services of Martin R. Delany’ which offers a long description of the conversation between Lincoln and Delany. The dates in Rollin’s biography seem to rely on Delany’s recollections and while the report of the conversation captures the spirit of the meeting, the dates provided seem somewhat unreliable. Rollin notes that ‘On Monday, the 8th of February, he [Delany] sent his card up to the president … an audience was granted for the next morning at eight o’clock . The auspicious morning dawned. The president was absent, at the War Department. But not unmindful of his engagement, he left a messenger to be sent after him.’ The true date of the meeting is not revisited. In a new chapter, Rollin recreates the conversation between Lincoln and Delany, offering such memorable lines such as ‘You should have an army of blacks, President Lincoln, commanded entirely by blacks, the sight of which is required to give confidence to the slaves, and retain them to the Union’ … ‘This,’ replied the president, ‘is the very thing I have I have been looking and hoping for; but nobody offered it; I hoped and prayed for it; but till now it has never been proposed.’ 

The conversation closes with Lincoln commenting on loud cannon fire nearby before handing Delany a handwritten introduction to Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. The Lincoln chapter closes: ‘Haven’t you heard the news? Charleston is ours!’ he answered, straightening up from the table on which he was writing for an instant, and then resuming it. He soon handed me a card, on which was written, – ‘February 8, 1865. Hon. E.M. Stanton, Secretary of War. Do not fail to have an interview with this most extraordinary and intelligent black man.’ 

While the detail of Lincoln handing Delany a card appears correct, his memory of the text and the date for Rollin’s book were likely approximated and the present signed card is what was actually handed to Delany. By Rollin’s own text, Delany did not meet with Lincoln until February 9th at the earliest and the city of Charleston was not surrendered to General Sherman until February 18th, so more than likely Delany’s audience with Lincoln occurred later than remembered.  

Delany’s meeting with Lincoln was fruitful and changed history. On February 27th, 1865, Delany was commissioned a Major in the U.S. Colored Troops, becoming the U.S. Army’s first Black field officer and achieving the highest rank of any African American during the Civil War. Delany joined and recruited for the 104th and 105th U.S.C.T. in Charleston and after the war worked for the Freedmen’s Bureau in South Carolina, ran for political office and served as a judge. Unfortunately, many of Delany’s papers were destroyed in a fire at Wilberforce University in Ohio on April 14, 1865 and we trace little reference to his meeting with Lincoln outside of the oft-repeated story as told in Rollin’s text. 

Collection of a California Family  Estimate $8,000-12,000.”


J. James Auctions of Plymouth, MA had an auction on September 25, 2021 that included a large number of flags. A 16.75” x 11.5” state flag for “Minnesota”, supposedly used to denote the location of state delegations at the 1860 Republican “Wigwam” convention (although not identified as such in the catalog) sold for $9375. 


Swann Galleries held a sale on September 30, 2021. A 17” x 24.5” broadside advertising a “Great Anti-Nebraska Convention” at Galesburg, IL on October 26, 1854 sold for $1920. Lincoln did not attend this convention, but was attending to legal matters in Decatur that day. 


Potomack Company held an auction on September 30, 2021 featuring the extensive Wedgwood Collection of Jeffrey Milkins. An 18.25” Wedgwood parian bust of Lincoln, described as “circa 1890, in the manner of Augustus St. Gaudens”, sold for $6985. In fact, the Spring 1861 Wedgwood sales catalog lists a bust of Lincoln, likely issued in conjunction with his inauguration. This is probably the one in question. An example, perhaps this very one, was offered by a book & map dealer at a Stamford, CT antiques show fifty years ago. The price back then? $2500. A piece that shows up once every fifty years has to be considered on the “rare side”. We believe the successful bidder resold it at the 2022 Winter Antiques Show online sale for $18,000. Coincidentally, another example showed up at an upstate Vermont estate auction shortly thereafter, selling for a “song”. 


A sixth-plate tintype of what appeared to be a Wide Awake marcher was offered on eBay. It came out of a Virginia estate with two tintypes of Union soldiers. The seller did not know if this was a soldier or not. We could not discern an inscription on his flag or hat band. Condition was not optimal, but people liked what they saw and it sold for $1260. It later resold at an online Ohio auction for slightly more. 


Nadeau’s of Windsor, Connecticut held a sale on October 30, 2021. A rare Rickey & Mallory cartoon from 1860, titled “A Political Race” was a star attraction. Measuring 14.5” x 21.5”, it was moderately toned throughout, folded in sixteenths with a caption card affixed detailing its provenance. It no doubt will clean up nicely. It realized $3750. The same sale had an Abraham Lincoln ANS which several collectors questioned, given the general sloppiness of the handwriting and non-conformity to known exemplars. It sold for $5312. 


Poulin Auctions of Fairfield, Maine held a military sale on November 7, 2021. It contained a kepi that had belonged to General George B. McClellan. The provenance included Civil War collector William Gavin and a museum in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, not far from Antietam Battlefield. The kepi had failed to sell once before, but rallied this time around, selling for $18,677, inclusive of the 20.5% buyer’s premium. We believe this was half what the consignor was hoping for, but bidders determine the market. 


Dan Morphy Auctions, December 14, 2021:

“This wonderful ‘Fry’s Traveling Companion’ flask was among the Lincoln relics descending through the family of Mary Todd Lincoln to Mary Edwards Brown (1866-1958,) granddaughter of Mary Todd Lincoln’s sister and last custodian of the Lincoln home in Springfield, and was likely a present to Lincoln by Springfield distiller Parley L. Howlett. Many Lincoln artifacts preserved by Mary Edwards Brown ended up in the Meserve-Kunhardt collection and others were given or sold by Brown in support of the Friends of the Lincoln Shrines in Galena, Illinois. This comes with a 1958 notarized affidavit by Richard S. Hagen of the ‘Friends of the Lincoln Shrines’ executed when the flask was sold to well-known Lincoln collector and dealer King Hostick detailing his purchase of the flask from Mary Edwards Brown about 1956, and includes her statement the flask had been given to Lincoln just prior to his departure for Washington in 1861. A pen holder/desk set belonging to Lincoln with the exact same provenance and a letter from Hagen to Hostick sold at Christies 4 December 2017, lot 68, for $15,000. The flask acquires unexpected support from the entirely accidental discovery in July 1966 of an identical Fry flask among the relics sealed in the time capsule placed in the cornerstone of the new Illinois State House in 1868, with an inscription identifying the likely presenter of our flask. The find is described and pictured in the Illinois Blue Book 1967-1968. That flask was also engraved on the cup, but reads: ‘This Whiskey / was made for Abraham Lincoln, / Sept. 20th 1860 and presented to him as an Emblem / of his Administration, it is Pure, & will grow / Better, as it grows older. / P.L. Howlett.’ As described by Lincoln historian Wayne C. Temple, the date may refer to the date of distillation, with the actual gift of the whiskey made after it had aged somewhat, tying in with the 1861 date on our example and Mary Edwards Brown’s recollection that this flask was presented to Lincoln before leaving for Washington. Howlett (1818-1891) was a distiller and lived in Springfield from 1858 to 1862, before moving to Jamestown, now Riverton, which was briefly named Howlett in his honor. Admirers have sometimes added abstinence to Lincoln’s many virtues, and the flask comes with its original pasteboard box, indicating Lincoln was not in the habit of carrying it, but he cheerfully admitted to having worked part of one winter in a ‘still-house,’ identified by Temple as that of Isaac Burner of New Salem, and allowed the sale of whiskey by Isaac and Daniel Burner in his New Salem store, ‘Berry and Lincoln,’ though Daniel Burner testified he only saw Lincoln ‘take anything… once in a while.’ PROVENANCE: Mary Edwards Brown – Richard Hagen, Friends of the Lincoln Shrines ca. 1956 – Lincoln dealer King Hostick, Chicago 1958 – the present owner. CONDITION: Excellent. The bottom of the pasteboard box is detached. The bottom of the cup has a small inventory number, either that of Hostick or the Friends of the Lincoln Shrines. Paperwork: Affidavit.” Sold for $7500.

The same sale had a 62 mm Lincoln Indian Peace Medal  in silver which realized $13,750. It would have sold higher, but a potential “key” player was scared off by a high estimate. Perhaps he won’t be so timid next time!


Jeffrey S. Evans of Mt. Crawford, VA held an auction on November 19, 2021 that included flags from the Barbara & Charles Hunter Collection. A 34-star campaign flag inscribed “Lincoln & Johnson!” measured 23” x 46” and sold for $129,250. It previously was sold at Cowan’s, realizing $38,000 at the time. It pays to buy quality!


Heritage Auctions in Dallas held an auction on December 4, 2021, consisting of the second installment of items from the Tom Charles Huston Collection. A colored copy of Bromley’s anti-Lincoln cartoon, “The Grave of the Union” sold for $10,000.It is the only colored version we can recall seeing. 

A large high-relief McClellan campaign medal, electrotyped by S. H. Black of New York, measured 64 mm and was in great condition. It realized $5500.

A rather attractive 1864 Lincoln ferrotype badge has a circle of thirteen stars painted blue and was inscribed “Union Liberty”. We know of only two other examples, both in lesser condition. This gem reached $5000.

A copy of “Old Abe’s Jokes” in yellow pictorial wraps (loss to titled spine with detached rear cover) made $3500.

Finally, an admission ticket to Lincoln’s White House funeral (“North” wing) sold for $4500. These have sold for more in the past, but the price seems to have settled in the $3000-$5000 range.


Hake’s Americana on November 2, 2021. A 21.25” x 25.5” cotton bandana featuring “President Abraham Lincoln” against a “turkey red” field, with eagles, flags and clasped hands, realized a record price of $35,695. 


Pook & Pook of Downingtown, PA held a sale on August 18, 2021. It included a large albumen photograph of Simon Cameron seated on a rocking chair on the front porch of his home, together with an 1864 ALS from the Union State Central Committee “putting the arm” on collectors of U. S. Revenue to submit a check for $1000 to help in the Lincoln re-election effort. Given Cameron’s shady reputation, it is likely he retained most, if not all, of the monies collected. The group made a reasonable $454.