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    [Abraham Lincoln] Joseph Cosey Forged Civil War Dated Pass. One page, 7" x 2.5", Executive Mansion, September 26, 1863. Here, Joseph Cosey has ambitiously forged a note signed "A. Lincoln" addressed to the "Hon. Sec. of War" to "allow this person to pass over and see Gen. Meade". Notorious for his forgeries, Cosey specialized in Lincoln documents like this one, though he never quite perfected the signature. As obvious here, Cosey's forgeries of Abraham Lincoln's signatures are on the same plane, but Lincoln's own signatures are not as tidy, often on as many as three different planes.

    Joseph Cosey (1887-1950) was involved in petty crime until he began forging historical documents and signatures by such figures as Lincoln, George Washington, James Monroe, and Mark Twain. Though outstanding at his craft, the he made mistakes and was arrested in 1937 after attempting to sell a Lincoln forgery. After his release three years later, he continued producing forgeries until his death. When detected, his forgeries have become collectors' items themselves. (Charles Hamilton, Great Forgers and Famous Fakes; Glenbridge Publishing LTD.: 1996). This document has some surface roughness and the writing is a bit faded, all common tricks of the forger's trade. Elaborately matted and framed to an overall 24" x 33.5" with a handsome period engraving of Lincoln by Sartain. Very fine condition.

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