Political mavens, history buffs and potential cloners battle it out for this incredible presidential relic. Presented is an 8x10 matted display containing (5) strands of 16th U.S. President Abraham Lincoln’s hair. Significant on several levels this fascinating keepsake is encapsulated at center of a display which features a sepia-toned image of Lincoln at top and a provenance card at bottom stating the strands were given to Mrs. Caroline Wright, wife of the Governor of Indiana as a token of friendship. This item has a reserve. (Estimated value is $500-$1,000). More on our website.
This stately display is handsomely double-matted in charcoal and gold gilt, and has an approximate depth of 3/4” to allow for the thickness of the material used to encapsulate the hair strands. The card at the bottom of the display reads in full as “Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Several strands of Abraham Lincoln’s hair given by the President to Mrs. Caroline Wright, wife of Governor Joseph A. Wright of Indiana, as a token of friendship. This hair relic remained in the family until offered for sale by Christie’s in 1992, Ex Forbes Collection 2002.” The reverse side includes a COA hand signed by “Cary J. Delery” with a raised seal from “The Historical Shop, Metarie, LA.” which bears Delery's printed name and the words “Guaranteed Authentic. This COA reiterates the information of the obverse card with expanded declarations stating Mrs. Wright was a collector of the hair of political figures during the latter half of the 19th Century. The last sentence states “In 2002 these relics were again sold by Christie’s as a part of the Forbes Collection (Lot #121). A description of the lot is attatched to this certificate.”