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    A great Civil War relic with strong Lincoln association and impeccable provenance.

    Set of Cased Civil War Binoculars Given to Maj. Gen. Godfrey Weitzel by President Abraham Lincoln. Consigned by Weitzel's direct lineal descendants. The binoculars are 3.125" high when closed and, with the exception of missing the small screw on the top of the adjusting knob, are in about perfect condition retaining 98% of the original japanned finish. The original black leather case is lined with pink silk, and bears strap loops on the sides and bottom. The inside lid exhibits the gilt embossed logo of "McAllister & Brother/ 728 Chestnut Street/ Philadelphia". This firm was in business from 1853 to 1865 and was one of the leading retailers of high quality optical instruments. A period ink legend in the lid of the case, apparently applied by Weitzel himself as it bears his signature, reads, "President/ Abraham/ Lincoln/ to/ Godfrey/ Weitzel/ 1861". Weitzel was, in 1861, serving as Chief Engineer, Military District of Washington, a capacity that often brought him in contact with Lincoln to discuss the city's defenses, etc.

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    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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