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Abraham Lincoln Memorabilia: A Presidential Visionary With Vision Problems

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Abraham Lincoln Memorabilia

Many American Presidents have had a vision for their country — with a literal vision problem. Lincoln was one of the nation’s Presidential four eyes, and we’re proud to be auctioning a superb piece of Abraham Lincoln Memorabilia —

Abraham Lincoln Memorabilia — Personally Owned and Worn Spectacles — With Provenance From Lincoln’s Family

Abraham Lincoln Memorabilia Abraham Lincoln Memorabilia -- Personally Owned and Worn Spectacles -- With Provenance From Lincoln's Family

Abraham Lincoln Memorabilia — Personally Owned and Worn Spectacles — With Provenance From Lincoln’s Family

We sold this piece of Abraham Lincoln Memorabilia sold for an incredible $84,422.

Honest Abe had Strabismus, a visual problem in which the eyes are not aligned properly and point in different directions, according to the the American Academy of Ophthalmology, which notes, “Lincoln’s left eye tended to roll upward, especially when he was tired or excited. News reports of his fiery 1860 presidential election debates with Stephen Douglas describe Lincoln’s eye as ‘rolling wildly’ as he spoke.”

In the famous photo above, we see Lincoln holding the spectacles while posing. Taken 5 February 1865, this “Picturing America” report, describes Lincoln’s current sentiment succinctly — “What draws and holds our attention is Lincoln’s expression, which the poet Walt Whitman described as ‘a deep latent sadness.’ At the time this picture was taken, Lincoln had weathered the worst of the war and almost succeeded in his fight to preserve the Union, yet he was painfully aware how much that ause had cost the nation.”

The spectacles have excellent provenance from Lincoln’s great grandson, Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, with a letter included reading in part, “…were found two pair of eye glasses which had belonged to my great grandfather President Abraham Lincoln, and so marked by my grandmother Mary Harlan Lincoln…”

Abraham Lincoln Memorabilia

Also included is a signed letter from a board-certified optician attesting to the prescription of the glasses as +2.12, a match to Lincoln’s known prescription strength in the 2.00 range.

Abraham Lincoln Memorabilia

We also once offered this incredible piece of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia:

Abraham Lincoln’s Opera Glasses — The Pair He Brought to Ford’s Theatre and Held in His Hands at The Time of His Assassination — Thrilling Piece of History From the Night That Forever Changed America — A Stunning Item of Abraham Lincoln Memorabilia

The opera glasses owned and held by Abraham Lincoln at the hour of his assassination on 14 April 1865 at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. President Lincoln brought these German-made glasses to assist in his enjoyment of the show, a light-hearted farce entitled “Our American Cousin” starring Laura Keene. During the third scene in the second act, John Wilkes Booth gained entry to the Presidential Box where Lincoln was seated beside his wife, and fired his Philadelphia Derringer pistol into the back of Lincoln’s head behind his left ear. Booth managed to escape the chaotic scene, and Lincoln, unconscious, was carried out of the theater and across 10th Street to a nearby boarding house by a huddle of doctors, soldiers and guards. Among them was a Captain James M. McCamly, an on-duty Washington City Guard and 70th New York Volunteer Infantry veteran. McCamly noticed the glasses had fallen from Lincoln’s body, picked them up off of the ground and put them in his pocket. Abraham Lincoln died the next morning, and McCamly served as commander of the honor guard that was part of the Lincoln funeral procession to his burial in Springfield. Along with the actual pistol that fired the fatal shot, The Ford’s Theatre National Park Collection houses the carrying case into which these glasses fit “precisely,” according to a 1968 letter from the Chief Curator of the National Park Service, Harold L. Peterson. A copy of this letter is included, as is an affidavit from the McCamly family, in whose possession the glasses remained for generations before being bought by the Malcolm Forbes estate. Black enameled Gebruder Strausshof Optiker, Berlin opera glasses measure 1.5″ high, 4″ across at their widest point, and 3.75″ in length when fully extended. Each ocular tube contains a pair of glass lenses measuring .5″ and 1.5″ in diameter with a late-turned threaded eyepiece. Central spindle contains focus adjustment wheel. Gilt metal throughout. One of the small lenses is chipped from the inside. Functional and beautiful artifact from one of the most fateful nights in American history. In addition to the provenance stated, sales history of the glasses will be provided.  One of the most valuable items of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia in existence.

Abraham Lincoln Memorabilia Abraham Lincoln's Opera Glasses -- The Pair He Brought to Ford's Theatre and Held in His Hands at The Time of His Assassination -- Thrilling Piece of History From the Night That Forever Changed America

Abraham Lincoln’s Opera Glasses — The Pair He Brought to Ford’s Theatre and Held in His Hands at The Time of His Assassination — Thrilling Piece of History From the Night That Forever Changed America

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