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    Description

    Lock of Mary Todd Lincoln's Hair. Perhaps a dozen strands, housed under glass in an old brass preserver with an oval-matted copy portrait, the whole in an original 19th-century daguerreotype case. The presentation was crafted by Lincoln artist Lloyd Ostendorf, and is accompanied by a signed affidavit on his letterhead, 1968, stating that the hair itself was part of a larger lock sold in the Turner collection, and quoting the original 1926 documentation from Lincolniana dealer Harry E. Barker, verifying that the lock of hair came from Mrs. Albert S. Edwards, custodian of the Lincoln house. Mrs. Edwards (Josie Remann) was "always one of Lincoln's favorites" as a little girl, whom he carried about the neighborhood on his shoulders. She grew up to marry Mrs. Lincoln's nephew Albert and succeeded him as custodian (1915-18) of the Lincoln house in Springfield.

    Provenance
    : Mrs. Albert S. Edwards; Harry E. Barker; Townsend; Turner, part of lot 131.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2008
    20th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
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