[Abraham Lincoln] Inaugural Coat Autograph Letter Signed. Four pages written on recto and verso, approximately 5" x 8", Charleston, South Carolina, February 17, 1861. Lincoln's tailor, A. M. Gore, writes this newsy letter to his brother, I. M. Post, revealing fine details about President Lincoln's inaugural coat that only his tailor would know.

    Worn on a damp, cool day in early March, Gore tells his brother about the magnificent coat: "I have had the honor to make the President-elect a coat . . . (it was made for service and not exclusively for show). It was made from a piece of fine Moscow Beaver lined with a fine Italian cloth. In the back was stitched a circle of stars, thirty three in number. The rest (as well as the forepart) was filled up with fine diamonds. In the centre of each forepart was stitched an eagle with shield with the original thirteen stars in a half circle over the top. It looked very neat when finished. It took me two weeks from the time I cut it before I had it nearly ready to send away. We received a very polite letter of acceptance from Mr. Lincoln. . . . I would like it much better however if he would give me a snug berth of a couple of thousand a year." There are photographs of Lincoln's first inaugural, but none are close enough to see the dramatic coat he was wearing that day. Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope, the letter is beautifully penned and in very fine condition.

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