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    A Piece of Abraham Lincoln's Outer Coffin. Cedar wood relic, about 4.5" x 7.5", with funereal black metal bracket on top, where the coffin lid was attached. This was obtained in 1874 when the National Lincoln Monument (Lincoln's tomb) was dedicated in Springfield, Illinois. At that time Lincoln's coffin was opened for viewing so that his remains could be positively identified by a group of his old friends, including Jesse K. Dubois, who was given this piece as a memento. This is said to be the largest known piece of the coffin. It is accompanied by a manuscript document signed by Lincoln Dubois (Jesse Dubois's son and Abraham Lincoln's first certifiable namesake), dated Springfield, 13 December 1886. The younger Dubois certifies that this is a "piece of the outside casket . . . obtained . . . [in] Oct. 1874." He notes that his father was vice president of the Lincoln National Monument Association and is presenting this piece to J.W. Keyes "with compliments" of the Dubois heirs. The document is very badly toned and faded, split in three pieces with small losses and staining, but is still readable.

    Provenance
    : Jesse Dubois; Lincoln Dubois; J.W. Keyes, proprietor of the Lincoln Memorial collection, exhibited at Chicago ca 1889; Fostell, lot 89; George Rinsland auctions, Allentown, Penn., ca 1970/75; Col. William R. Orbelo, San Antonio, Tex.


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    November, 2008
    20th Thursday
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