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    [Lincoln's Assassination: Ford's Theatre] Printed Ticket and Three "RESERVED" Notices, One of the Latter With Traces of Abraham Lincoln's Blood Upon It. The relics are accompanied by an Autograph Note Signed by C.H. Morse, penciled on the front of an envelope, stating that these items "were used at Ford's Theatre April 14, 1865 the night when President Lincoln was assassinated and picked up by myself." The ticket (3.5" x 2"), printed on orange stock with a central image of a half-dollar coin, bears on verso a facsimile signature of theatre treasurer H(arry) Clay Ford. One of the notices, on purple stock (6.25" x 2"), reads "TAKEN.", and bears a signed pencil note on verso in which Morse states that he found it "the next morning" after the assassination. The other two notices, on white stock (5.5" x 1.5"), read "RESERVED" in different typefaces; on the verso of one Morse has penciled: "Used at Ford's Theatre April 14, 1865 night of assassination of President Lincoln with some of his blood upon it". This particular notice bears a number of scattered brownish drops and splatters, which suggest that it was stained during a moment of action (rather than by being purposely smeared later from standing or saturation blood, as some souvenir hunters were reported to have gruesomely done). All items have been hinged to card stock with an overall measurement of 10.5" x 13.5".

    As far as we can determine the original owner of these has never been identified, but it was almost certainly Charles H. Morse, a Massachusetts native who was about 45 at the time of the murder, and who worked for years as a pension department clerk, ironic in light of the fact that the pension department took over Ford's Theatre, and the collapse of its floors in 1893 would kill nearly 30 clerks. An iconic "blood relic" of Abraham Lincoln's murder. One of the cards is illustrated in Carl Sandburg, Lincoln Collector, page 208.

    Provenance:
    Barrett, lot 659; Sang, lot 1240.


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