Ten Valuable Abraham Lincoln Collectibles
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) served as the 16th President of the United States. A successful lawyer and former congressman from Illinois, Lincoln was first elected president in 1860 and re-elected in 1864, serving until his death on April 15, 1865, following an assassin's single shot to the head the previous evening while attending a play at Ford's Theatre.
Here are ten valuable Abraham Lincoln collectibles that are sure to interest historians and political memorabilia collectors with deep pockets. "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal..." - Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863
Abraham Lincoln 1865 Assassination Reward Broadside
A 13x24-inch April 20, 1865, broadside offering a $100,000 reward for "The Murderer of our late beloved President Abraham Lincoln" sold at auction for a staggering $47,800. The broadside was professionally backed with rice paper in order to repair a few minor tears. Named on the broadside are John Wilkes Booth, John H. Surrat and David C. Harold.
Lincoln assassination reward poster $47,800
Lincoln & Hamlin 1860 Campaign Ribbon
An 1860 Lincoln & Hamlin Honest Old Abe campaign ribbon brought $3,883.75 at auction. Lincoln's running mate on the Republican Party ticket in the 1860 presidential election was Hannibal Hamlin.
Honest Old Abe 1860 campaign ribbon $3,883.75
Abraham Lincoln 1864 Campaign Ferrotype
An 1864 Lincoln ferrotype pin featuring a portrait of Honest Abe sold at auction for $657.25.
Abraham Lincoln 1863 Handwritten Letter
An April 20, 1863, one-page handwritten letter signed by President Lincoln fetched a top bid of $15,535. The letter is addressed to Major General Sandford of the Union Army.
Lincoln autographed handwritten letter $15,535
Abraham Lincoln 1860 Large Ambrotype Campaign Badge
A large ambrotype campaign badge from the 1860 election featuring a portrait of Lincoln sold at auction for $9,560.
Lincoln ambrotype badge $9,560
Abraham Lincoln 1865 Inauguration Ticket
Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated on March 4, 1865. Ironically, he would be assassinated less than six weeks later. An Inauguration Day ticket signed by Geo. T. Brown, the sergeant-at-arms, brought $11,352.50 at auction.
Lincoln 1965 inauguration ticket $11,352.50
Abraham Lincoln Versus Jefferson Davis 1861 Caricature Envelopes
A set of five 1861 caricature envelopes pitting President Lincoln vs. the Confederacy's Jefferson Davis in a boxing match format sold at auction for $717. In the final envelope, Lincoln reduces the groveling Davis to a "greasespot."
Lincoln vs. Davis envelopes $717
Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin 1860 Campaign Flag
A rare 31-22-inch Lincoln-Hamlin flag from the 1860 presidential campaign sold at auction for $28,680. These flags are extremely rare.
Lincoln-Hamlin 1860 campaign flag $28,680
Abraham Lincoln Civil War Redware Vase
A Redware vase from the Civil War period (1861-65) featuring a portrait bust of President Lincoln brought $836.50 at auction.
Abraham Lincoln Pair of Spectacles
Personal items are huge with collectors of Lincolniana. A pair of spectacles used by Lincoln sold at auction for $179,250. The spectacles were accompanied by an 1895 letter by Mary Harlan Lincoln, the president's daughter-in-law, which refers to the glasses.
Lincoln spectacles made by C.R. Smith & Sons of Philadelphia $179,250
Abraham Lincoln Historical Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: Abraham Lincoln 1860 silk campaign ribbon with Matthew Brady portrait $3,107
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