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Lot # 1416 (of 1641)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1865 Abraham Lincoln Signed Military Appointment - Signed by Lincoln Just Two Months Prior to His Assassination

Starting Bid - $1,500, Sold For - $7,110

United States military commission, dated February 24, 1865, signed by Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), sixteenth President of the United States. This is an extraordinary Abraham Lincoln signed commission, an ideal example, outstanding in all respects. The fully executed commission, which is partially handwritten and printed on vellum, appoints Thomas R. Booth as Commissary of Subsistence of Volunteers with the rank of Captain. The commission has been signed in black ink by "Abraham Lincoln" ("6/7") and also by Secretary of War "Edwin M. Stanton" ("9"). One of the many distinguishing characteristics of military commissions is the fact that Lincoln always penned his full-name signature, rather than "A. Lincoln," the form commonly found on other documents and letters. This is also one of the last military commissions ever signed by Lincoln. Just forty-nine days later, on April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth, who, ironically, shares the same surname as the gentleman appointed here. In terms of aesthetics, the document features an elaborately engraved vignette containing all the elements of the Great Seal of the United States, with the words "The President of the United States of America" as its banner, making it particularly ideal for display. The original blue paper seal remains firmly attached at the top. The document (15 x 19 inches), which displays one vertical and five horizontal folds, remains in outstanding Excellent to Mint condition. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 21.5 x 26 inches. This is both a highly attractive and significant Lincoln signed military commission dating from his final days in office. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $7,110

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