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    Manacles Worn by Assassination Conspirator Lewis Payne. Pair of iron manacles, composed of a stiff central bar with cuffs at either end, designed to keep the hands rigidly apart. Known as "lilly-irons", this pair is said to have been worn by the would-be assassin of William H. Seward, Lewis Thornton Powell, better known (both then and since) by one of his numerous aliases, "Lewis Payne" or "Paine". Barely 21 years old when he entered into Booth's conspiracy, Payne was the Florida-born son of a Baptist minister. As a Confederate soldier he was wounded at Gettysburg and served under Col. John S. Mosby. His impassive stoicism was constantly remarked by observers, even while he was kept in these uncomfortable manacles throughout the assassination trial, and he even displayed jauntiness as he walked to the gallows on 7 July 1865, snatching the hat off a bystander's head and placing it on his own. In a fitted broadcloth case, with gilt title on spine.

    : Sang, lot 202 (receipt included).

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