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    Spectacles Owned by Robert Todd Lincoln. Pair of brass bi-focal spectacles in leather case gilt-stamped "Charles Waldin, Jeweler and Optician . . . Burlington, Iowa." According to an accompanying affidavit these glasses were "identified and attributed to Robert Todd Lincoln by Mr. James Hickey, retired Lincoln curator of the Illinois State Historical Library." This pair of glasses, along with a pair that belonged to Robert's father (and which are also in this sale) were given to Joseph Leisenring, a photographer of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, who was a neighbor and friend of the Harlan family. Robert Todd Lincoln's wife, the former Mary Harlan, often spent long vacations in Mount Pleasant with her children, and many of their few known youthful photographs were taken by Leisenring. The glasses appear to be in excellent condition; the case, of course, is a bit worn. A fine memento of a man whose personal relics are almost unknown in the marketplace. Accompanied by a copy of a notarized affidavit signed by David Rowland (Leisenring's great-great grandson), Morgan Co., Ill., 23 August 1985, describing the spectacles and setting out the chain of ownership until their acquisition by Dr. Lattimer.

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    November, 2008
    20th Thursday
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