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    Abraham Lincoln and Elmer Ellsworth: Hand-Painted Sled. We see folk art sleds occasionally. The decorations seem to fall into two categories: political (e.g., Zachary Taylor and Ulysses S. Grant) and fast race horses (Flora Temple, Maud S.). This example is both political and patriotic, dating from the time of the Civil War. It is constructed of wood with metal fittings and skids, 53" long and 14" wide. The two sides are hand-painted in forest green, white and red. Each side reads "Col. Ellsworth". The top of the sled has a leather pad tacked down. It has hand-painted decoration: "Zouave, [American flag reading] Lincoln and Johnson, B. O. D. 1887" The sled very much looks like a Civil War period piece. We suspect the decorations were applied at different dates. The sides of the sled were likely the first thing to be painted, circa 1861, at the start of the war. The word "Zouave" and the "Lincoln and Johnson" flag followed, in 1864. The initials and date were added, we believe, much later. This is corroborated by the fact that the date appears lighter in color and brighter, as well. A rope is attached to the handlebar at front, to enable a playmate or parent to pull the sled along on flat terrain. There is loss to the paint on the wooden surface... perhaps 50-60% remains. The pad has only a few minor splits and wear around the perimeter. We believe this came out of a New England auction around 20 years ago. A great piece of political folk art!

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    September, 2016
    17th Saturday
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