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    A Glove Worn by Abraham Lincoln. White kid glove used by the president at a White House reception, subsequently presented by Mrs. Lincoln to their neighbor, and her husband's old colleague, Jesse K. Dubois, Illinois legislator and state auditor. Contained in a double-hinged frame (three sides glassed) along with two affidavits and a large newspaper clipping. When the frame is opened, the glove is in the right frame, against a black background; to the left is a typed affidavit signed by Lincolniana specialist H(arry) E. Barker, one page, 7" x 5", n.p., 7 October 1925, attesting that he obtained the glove from the family of Jesse K. Dubois and retained it until acquired by William H. Townsend of Lexington, Ky. "It was presented by Mrs. Lincoln, after her return to Springfield . . . to Jesse K. Dubois. . . . It was worn at a White House reception by Mr. Lincoln and, being too tight for his large right hand, it ripped at the thumb in handshaking. For many years I have seen this glove among the cherished Lincoln relics of the Dubois family of which . . . Lincoln Dubois, who was named for his father's old friend, is among the last survivors." The front frame contains an original clipping from the Springfield News, 6 February 1909, titled "Dubois Relations with Abe Lincoln", which mentions this glove; and a brief typed affidavit signed by Lincoln Dubois and dated in his hand at Springfield, Ill., 29 September 1925, in which he states: "After the death of Mr. Lincoln, a glove worn by him was given by Mrs. Lincoln to the family of Jesse K. Dubois, in whose possession it remained until purchased by Barker's Art Store." Lincoln Dubois, the first undoubted namesake of the President, grew up as a near neighbor of Abraham Lincoln and was a constant playmate of his sons Willie and Tad; he was one of the mischievous boys who played the famous prank of knocking off Abraham's letter-filled hat by tying a string across the sidewalk. The glove is faintly yellowed with age, which only enhances it character. An outstanding personal souvenir of the Great Emancipator, in its original presentation.

    Provenance
    : Lincoln family to Jesse Dubois; to Lincoln Dubois by descent; Harry E. Barker; Townsend; Turner, lot 75.


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    November, 2008
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