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    Miscellaneous Lincoln Wood and Metal Relics. A large group of interesting items, consisting of: an irregular section of wood with inked inscription (dated "3-15-1932, Ryan") indicating that it came from a linden tree at the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debate at Quincy, Illinois (Fay collection, from lot 196); two iron rings and staple, "plowed up at New Salem", with old typed tag later initialed by Dr. Lattimer (Fay collection, from lot 197); rectangular piece of a log, about 9" x 3" x 3.5", a piece of the Onstot cooper shop at New Salem, built about 1835, later moved to Petersburg, and moved back to what is now New Salem State Park in 1922 (the only original building in the recreated village); Lincoln is said to have pursued his studies here by light of the fire made with the abundant cooper's shavings (Kunhardt, lot 14; with Lattimer label erroneously describing it as from "the carpenter's cabin"); small square piece of polished "cenotaph marble" from the Lincoln tomb (Fay collection, part of lot 196); a hunk of pink-painted "original plaster [from] Dr. Samuel A. Mudd house", so identified on its face; a small metal box containing two small rectangular pieces of wood, with an accompanying autograph note signed by the great collector F.H. Meserve, 19 August [19]40, stating that they are "Pieces from a log in the cabin in Hodgenville, Ky., in which Abraham Lincoln was born. A gift from Ralph A. Gregory" (Kunhardt, part of lot 7); a pin tray with original printed label indicating it was made with "tin put on the Lincoln home 1860, taken off in 1904, compliments of J.C. Newman" (Fay collection, part of lot 197), together with another pin tray, same origin but unlabeled (Fay collection, part of lot 196), both of these made with metal taken from the roof-gutter and accompanied by a tiny, badly-toned note from Newman attesting the metal's origins; metal push-up candle holder with finger ring holder, together with a shears-shaped metal candle snuffer, the latter of which was specifically noted on the Herbert W. Fay inventory as a Lincoln piece (Fay collection, from lot 197); a wooden clothes-pin, said to have come from the Lincoln home (Fay collection, lot 197); a section of wood, with inked note by Dr. Lattimer on its face reading "A piece of the log cabin in which John Wilkes Booth was born", with his inventory number (a similar piece was in the Boothbay Theatre Museum collection, sold in 1990); piece of oak sill from the Lincoln home, about 6" long (Fay, from lot 196); two pieces of split rail fence from the Thomas Lincoln Coles County farm, each about 6" long (Fay, from lot 196); approximately 10" piece of walnut siding from Lincoln's home, showing traces of its contemporary paint (Fay, from lot 196); two smaller pieces, also showing some original paint; a piece of fence paling from the Lincoln home, about 6" long; a fragment of brick from the Thomas Lincoln home in Coles County, Ill.; a gavel, somewhat roughly made of wood from the Lincoln home (Fay, from lot 197); a screw-in fixture with circular, half-open arms at top, meant to hold the table of the Lincoln home lighting-rod and a holed cup-like insulator(?) for the same, with a partly-printed affidavit signed by James D. Sinclair, 1902, noting that he owns the lightning-rod and has made it into "charms and souvenirs" (broken in folds); and two other pieces of relic wood, one of which is evidently a chunk of black walnut from the tree to which Abraham Lincoln and John Hanks tied their flatboat near the New Salem mill dam accompanied by a 1915 affidavit to that effect signed by W. T. Baker of Bolivia, Illinois stating that he was acquainted with both men and that his father, James, was a messmate of Lincoln during the Black Hawk War and owner (evidently) of the dam (badly-toned and split but still legible) and one other piece of wood, unidentified, but which probably came from the Fay collection. A truly amazing collection!

    Provenance: Kunhardt and Fay collections, as indicated, the latter sold by Riba-Mobley auctioneers, South Glastonbury, Conn., 26 October 1985.


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    November, 2008
    20th Thursday
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