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    Miscellaneous Iron Tools and Plow Said to Have Been Owned by Abraham Lincoln. This lot contains the iron portions (only) of five tools: a trimming ax-head, a wood-splitting wedge, a shingle-splitter (long, thin and tapered, with a large eye at one end to place a handle), another squarish piece of undetermined use, and a plow. The earliest history of this heavy cast-iron plow, apparently the main metal portion of what was once an iron and wood plow, is apparently unrecorded, but for many years it was exhibited in Lincoln's tomb at Springfield, Illinois, where it resided in the collection of tomb custodian Herbert Wells Fay. Conceivably this was used on the Thomas Lincoln farm near Decatur. Accompanied by a small snapshot of a man holding this relic, docketed on verso in pencil by Fay "Samuel O'Dell holdin[g] Lincoln plow 1930". Rusted overall; crack at top of projecting shaft, by an attaching screw; irregular losses along the bottom, where a sharper iron or steel scouring edge was evidently once attached. All of these items belonged to Mr. Fay and were displayed by him for many years at the Lincoln Tomb.

    Provenance
    : Fay collection, sold by Riba-Mobley auctions, South Glastonbury, Conn., 26 October 1985, lot 159.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2008
    20th Thursday
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