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    Framed Ensemble and Lincoln Coffin Relic. A small, square piece of lead, .75" x 2", framed in a display, 23" x 19", with original note of provenance reading "This piece of lead is a piece of the lining of President Lincoln's coffin." Relic-souvenirs were made from the removed inner-lining to Lincoln's coffin - several sheathes replaced after wear-and-tear from constant "use." (A morbid concept - but they hardly let Lincoln's mortal remains "rest in peace.") Abraham Lincoln's coffin was moved 17 times, most resulting from the construction and reconstruction of the tomb at which times the coffin was placed in a temporary receiving vault and later a temporary grave. The coffin itself was opened five times: December 21, 1865, September 19, 1871, October 9, 1874, April 14, 1887, and September 26, 1901. (In 1876 there was an attempt to steal Lincoln's body and hold it for ransom.) The final time it was opened for inspection was at the direction of his surviving son - in the hope of forever putting to rest both his father and conspiracy theories as to the disposition of the body. Robert Todd Lincoln then instructed that it be sealed under ten feet of concrete. The sheets of lead were removed 1887 by the Illinois plumbers who had responsibility for the opening of the coffin, a task they complied with again that final instance in 1901. From the worn piece they forged souvenir coins and these small squares. Those Victorians loved their relics!

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    November, 2008
    20th Thursday
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