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    [Abraham Lincoln] Two Lincoln Relic Pens. Wooden pen about 7.5 inches long, its middle portion broad and flat, ending in a forked tip; metal fittings, pen-point rather rusted; made with wood removed from Abraham Lincoln's Springfield home "during repairs in 1907". An identical pen was given by home caretaker and Lincoln relative Mary Edwards Brown to President Dwight Eisenhower in 1952; this one was purchased from Mrs. Brown by Dorothy Meserve Kunhardt in 1956 for $150, and it is accompanied by Kunhardt's original cancelled check in payment.

    The other wooden pen, with metal fittings and point, is about 6 inches long and in the shape of a twig, as it was made from "a twig from the elm tree planted by Abraham Lincoln in front of his home..." (Lincoln planted the tree about 1856 and it survived for half a century, until blown down in a violent storm; its remaining stump is still at the home.) Lot is accompanied by two notarized affidavits, one for each pen, signed by Mary Edwards Brown, 16 October 1957, and two autograph documents signed by Frederick Hill Meserve amplifying Mrs. Brown's declarations; Kunhardt's check, as aforementioned; and a photocopy of an inventory of the items bought by Kunhardt from Mrs. Brown listing both pens.

    Provenance:
    Charles Hamilton Galleries, Kunhardt Auction, 1981. Home pen, Kunhardt, lot 25; tree twig pen, part of Kunhardt, lot 7.


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    November, 2008
    20th Thursday
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