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Exceptional 1862 Abraham Lincoln Signed Presidential Appointment
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $12,000
One-page document, dated August 19, 1862, boldly signed by Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), sixteenth President of the United States. This is a particularly noteworthy and outstanding Lincoln signed document. The document, which is headed "Abraham Lincoln/President of the United States of America," appoints David Saunders of Wilmington, Ohio, to the position of "a Collector of Taxes for the sixth collection district of the State of Ohio." Flawlessly signed along the base by "Abraham Lincoln" in black fountain pen, with the signature grading a perfect "10." Also signed in black fountain pen ("10") by Secretary of the Treasury Salmon Chase. This is one of the finest Lincoln signatures we have ever offered, made all the more desirable by the fact that Lincoln has scripted his full name, as opposed to "A. Lincoln" (the form most commonly seen on his handwritten letters). The document (15.25 x 10 inches), which is partially handwritten and printed, displays one vertical and two horizontal fold lines, as well as some very light toning. Two embossed United States seals are clearly evident, one along the right border and the other along the base. There is a lengthy handwritten oath, signed by David Saunders, on the reverse, the imprint of which is slightly visible from the front (most noticeably in the upper right corner). The document has been mounted onto a board, but a copy of the reverse inscription accompanies the piece. In apparent Excellent to Mint condition. Beautifully matted and framed together with an engraved likeness of Lincoln to total dimensions of 32 x 19 inches. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $12,000
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