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    Description

    Group of Six Handles from Abraham Lincoln's Coffin. Five complete and one incomplete, from the collection of Herbert Wells Fay, long-time caretaker of the Lincoln tomb. The origin of these is unclear, but likely taken from the outer coffin in 1874, when Lincoln's body was viewed and identified for placement in his finished tomb; other relic pieces are known to have been taken from the coffin at that time. One lacking a portion of the back-plate as shown.

    Provenance
    : Fay collection, sold by Riba-Mobley auctions, South Glastonbury, Conn., 26 October 1985, lot 184.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2008
    20th Thursday
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