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Abraham Lincoln Autograph Letter Signed Sells for $20,939 at NateDSanders.com

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Abraham Lincoln Autograph

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In the autograph community, the most popular autograph is an Abraham Lincoln autograph, especially an Abraham Lincoln autograph letter signed.  Luckily, Abraham Lincoln autographs are quite plentiful.  Even with his early death, he signed so many documents and letters as President, legal drafts before his Presidency and even some checks and photos.  Here are some of the Abraham Lincoln autographs that we have sold:

Abraham Lincoln Autograph CDV as President — John Hay Certifies Signature as Authentic on Verso

Exceptionally rare Abraham Lincoln autograph on his carte-de-visite photograph, taken by Alexander Gardner in 1861 and signed as President. Signed ”A. Lincoln” below the seated portrait of Lincoln. John Hay, Lincoln’s private secretary, authenticates the signature upon the verso by writing, ”I certify that the President’s signature is genuine / John Hay”. With ”Brady’s National Portrait Gallery” backstamp. Measures 2.5” x 3.75”. Very good with some foxing and wear, but with a strong signature by Lincoln. With provenance from Profiles in History and with a COA from Charles Hamilton.  Sold for $49,913.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Signed CDV as President — John Hay Certifies Signature as Authentic on Verso

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Letter Signed as President — Lincoln Comes to the Aid of a “Minuteman of ’61”

Abraham Lincoln autograph letter signed as President, dated 1 October 1861, to Secretary of War Simon Cameron. From the Executive Mansion, Lincoln entreats Cameron to help Benjamin F. Watson, a Minuteman from Massachusetts’ 6th Infantry, to find a new job in the Army after his 90 day service expired. In full, “My Dear Sir: The Post-Master General and myself have especial reasons for wishing to oblige Mr. Benjamin F. Watson, of Lawrence, Massachusetts. He has been appointed an Assistant Paymaster or Pay. M. of Volunteers; but he wishes the same position in the regular Army. If there is any vacancy, not committed to any other person, let Mr. Watson have it. If there be no such vacancy, oblige him as far as you can, by sending him to service at the place which suits him best. Yours truly, A. Lincoln”. Watson had been a Postmaster in Lawrence, Massachusetts under Presidents Pierce and Buchanan, but lost that position when he accepted a commission as Lt. Colonel in the Sixth Massachusetts Infantry — the Minutemen of ’61, a 90-day regiment that was the first to heed the urgent call for service by Lincoln in April 1861 (it had actually been organized in January 1861 in preparation for possible war). When Watson’s 90-day service was up he found himself out of a job, thus Lincoln’s unusual intercession on his behalf. After Watson’s service as Paymaster ended in 1864, he would return as Postmaster to Lawrence, Massachusetts, where he also purchased the Lawrence Sentinel newspaper. This handwritten letter measures approximately 8″ x 10″ and bears a Philp & Solomons stationers seal at top left. In near fine condition with no notable defects. Single page with blank integral leaf, ideal for framing. An exceptional and moving war-dated letter by President Lincoln.  This Abraham Lincoln autograph letter signed sold in 2011 for $20,939.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Letter Signed as President — Lincoln Comes to the Aid of a “Minuteman of ’61”

Long Abraham Lincoln Autograph Letter Signed as President on Executive Mansion Stationery Regarding a Brigadier General Appointment

Abraham Lincoln autograph letter signed, “A. Lincoln” as President. Upon “Executive Mansion” stationery, letter is addressed to one General Halleck. Datelined Washington, 8 December 1862, letter reads, “…This morning Hon. Mr. Granger & Hon. Robert J. Walker call to ask that Col. Justus I McCarty may be appointed a Brigadier General. They say he has a good record; and I shall be obliged if you will have it examined in reference to such appointment. He was nominated last session, and fell among the large number passed over by the Senate. It is said the Secretary of War fully understands the case…” 1pp. Measures 5″ x 8″. Letter shows a single crease as a fold through center and has been framed with a portrait of Lincoln to an overall size of 16.5″ x 13.25″, else very good. Originally from the Sotheby’s Roy P. Crocker auction, held 28 November 1979, lot 194.    Sold for $18,500.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Long Abraham Lincoln Autograph Letter Signed as President on Executive Mansion Stationery Regarding a Brigadier General Appointment

 

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Endorsement Signed — Lincoln Appoints the Nephew of Abolitionist Senator Benjamin Wade as Pressure to Emancipate Intensifies

Exceptional Civil War-dated handwritten endorsement with an Abraham Lincoln autograph as President, dated 17 September 1862, five days before Lincoln issued the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Endorsement is written on the verso of a two-page letter by Secretary of the Interior Caleb Smith, recommending the appointment of J.W. Brigsten, nephew of powerful Radical Republican Senator Bejamin Wade who chaired the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War. Lincoln’s endorsement reads in full, “If another Assistant Paymaster is needed, let Mr. Brigsten be appointed. He is a relative of Senator Wade (though residing in Penn) in whom I know the Senator feels a deep interest. / A. Lincoln / Sept. 17, 1862”. Secretary Smith’s letter, dated 12 September 1852, reads in part, “To the President / Sir / J. W. Brigsten Esq, a nephew of Senator Wade has been employed during the past year as a Clerk in the Census Office but in consequence…of the completion of the work I have been compelled to discontinue him…I respectfully recommend his appointment as a Paymaster in the Volunteer Forces for which I think he is admirably qualified.” Senator Benjamin Wade of Ohio was one of a minority of Radical Republicans who often criticized Lincoln for his pragmatist approach to slavery, even saying of the President that his views on slavery “could only come of one born of poor white trash and educated in a slave State.” A powerful member of the Senate however, Lincoln had to mollify him as best he could, especially during this time when heavy pressure was being exerted on the President to emancipate the slaves, a politically unpopular cause which Lincoln personally supported. Lincoln’s opportunity would come just days later, after the first major Union victory at Antietam. Document measures 8″ x 10″, beautifully double matted and framed to a size of 38″ x 20.5″. Framed presentation includes copies of both pages of Smith’s letter, a descriptive plaque and a portrait of Lincoln. Endorsement is in very good condition, with a light brush to first initial of signature, a few small areas of ink erosion, and overall light showthrough from writing on verso.  This endorsement signed is lengthy so it sold for $10,745.  However, most shorter endorsements are worth just $5,000 – $6,500.

 

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Lengthy Handwritten Endorsement Signed — Lincoln Appoints the Nephew of Abolitionist Senator Benjamin Wade as Pressure to Emancipate Intensifies

We have sold many Abraham Lincoln autograph items that are documents signed such as below:

Abraham Lincoln Document Signed as President in 1865 — With Full “Abraham Lincoln” Signature

Just a month before his death, Abraham Lincoln signs an official Presidential appointment “Abraham Lincoln” with an engraving of his name arching across the top. The document appoints Jeremiah Lothrop to the position of “Appraiser of Merchandise for the Port of New York in the State of New York”. Acting Secretary of the Treasury George Harrington countersigns. The lower left bears a faintly embossed Treasury Department seal. Partly printed document is dated 7 March 1865 and measures 17.75″ x 14″. 1″ separation at top fold, else near fine condition. A fantastic, bold Abraham Lincoln signature. 36814  Sold for $7,986

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Document Signed as President in 1865 — With Full “Abraham Lincoln” Signature

Abraham Lincoln 1862 Military Document Signed as President — Immaculate Condition

Abraham Lincoln document signed “Abraham Lincoln” as President. The martyred leader’s signature validates George A. Kensel’s wartime appointment to the position of Assistant Quartermaster with the rank of Captain. Kensel’s promotion is listed effective 3 August 1861, though this wasn’t signed until 6 February 1862. 1pp. partially-printed document is countersigned by Lincoln’s Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. A blue War Department seal is affixed to the upper portion of the certificate, just beneath the title arcing across the top that reads: “President of the United States of America”. Measures 14.75″ x 19.5″. Folds, else fine.  Sold for $6,808.

 

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln 1862 Military Document Signed as President — Immaculate Condition

In near-mint condition, they can sell for $6,000 – $8,500 and in poorer condition just $5,500 – $6,000.

Abraham Lincoln autograph on his checks are selling for $6,000 – $9,000 each.

1860 Check Written and Signed by Abraham Lincoln — Just Before Becoming the Republican Presidential Candidate

Abraham Lincoln handwritten and signed check, dated 14 March 1860, and made out to “Susan A. Bailey” in the amount of $2.10. Check, drawn on the Springfield Marine & Fire Insurance Company, is signed in pencil, “A. Lincoln”. In May 1860, Lincoln became the Republican candidate for President and would campaign throughout 1860 until his success at the polls in November. The 7″ x 2.5″ check is in very good condition.  Sold for $5,500

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

1860 Check Written and Signed by Abraham Lincoln — Just Before Becoming the Republican Presidential Candidate

Here is just a plain autograph that we sold.  It sold for $4,061.  Today, these Abraham Lincoln autograph pages sell for $5,000.

 

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln’s Signature as President — Dated 13 July 1861

 

 

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If you are looking to auction, buy, consign or sell an Abraham Lincoln autograph or an Abraham Lincoln autograph letter signed, please contact Nate@NateDSanders.com or call (310) 440-2982.

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There are 2 comments .

charlie mcdonald —

I recently purchased a new (used) home. In the home was left many autograph photo with the last owner, with many celebities music, political t.v. and movies stars etc. She was an Airline attendant for many years and had many photos of her with celebrities, many are signed. example Pres. Nixon and press. carter, Charleston heston, fred Murray Phylis Diller Tony Bennet etc. Are these pics of any value?

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Susie —

Dear Nate,
I recently received my Grandmothers White House collection of Presidents memorabilia. She retired in 1975. I have many pictures of Presidents Nixon,Johnson and Ford.There are also many family photos along with Christmas cards, etc. etc. All the many photos have the White Hose stamped on the back. Please contact me if you are interested in helping me handle this. Thank you for your time
-Susie Mayhew

Ps. My Grandmother worked for the Treasury Dept. Pres. Nixon did really cool Christmas card of previous Presidents.

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