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1863 Abraham Lincoln Signed Military Commission
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,400
United States military commission, dated April 7, 1863, signed by Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), sixteenth President of the United States. The fully executed commission has been signed in black ink by "Abraham Lincoln" ("5/6") and also by Secretary of War "Edwin M. Stanton" ("3/4"). 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. The commission, which is partially handwritten and is printed on vellum, displays fading to the ink, which makes some of the written information hard to read. The name of the recipient is too faint to make out, but still legible is his promotion to "First Lieutenant in the Fifteenth Regiment." 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 green paper seal remains firmly attached at the top. The document (15 x 19 inches), which has one vertical and five horizontal folds, displays a small tear in the upper left corner, affecting the docket, as well as light creasing and minor foxing throughout. In Very Good condition overall. Framed to total dimensions of 16 x 20 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA.
Reserve $1,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $5,400
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