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[Abraham Lincoln] Fabric from the Sofa on which Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Courted. A large piece of black horsehair upho... (Total: 3 Items)

2008 November The John Lattimer Collection of Lincolniana Grand Format Auction #6014

 
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Auction Ended On: Nov 20, 2008
Item Activity: 2 Internet/mail/phone bidders Number of Bidders
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Eisenhower Hotel & Resort
2634 Emmitsburg Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 334-8121

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[Abraham Lincoln] Fabric from the Sofa on which Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Courted. A large piece of black horsehair upholstery with a molded ornamental design (approximately six feet long and 16 inches high), from the backstrip of the sofa owned by Ninian and Elizabeth Todd Edwards (the sister and brother-in-law of Mary Todd), which stood in the parlor of their home in Springfield, Illinois. It was upon this sofa that Abraham Lincoln and Mary Lincoln sat during the early stage of their courtship, and it was in the Edwards parlor that they were married on 4 November 1842. Frayed and worn, with some rents and tears, but quite good. This remnant of fabric was acquired from Mrs. Lincoln's great-nice, Mary Edwards Brown, by Dorothy Meserve Kunhardt.

Accompanied by: typed affidavit, signed by Mrs. Brown, oblong 8vo, no date, attesting to the material; typed letter signed by Mrs. Brown, 1957, offering the sofa itself for $400, and claiming that Stephen Douglas also used it when courting Mary Todd (internal tears, small loss; fragile); an 8" x 10" glossy photo of the sofa, plainly showing the patterning in the upholstery; a few small related pencil notes by Mrs. Kunhardt; and two large photographs, ca 1918, of the parlor (sans sofa) and the exterior of the Edwards home, mounted on card (each with an overall size of 13" x 9.5"); the exterior shot with some vertical cracks and tiny losses.

Provenance:
Kunhardt, part of lot 80.

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