Lock of Abraham Lincoln’s Hair owned by his Family goes up for auction
Whenever the memorabilia associated with the 16th President of U.S., Abraham Lincoln who’s regarded as one of United States’ greatest heroes because of his unique appeal, and successfully leading his country through the American Civil War, preserving Union while ending slavery, comes up for grabs, collectors of relics of American history pays record prices. And, it becomes apparent from the auction offering of Abraham Lincoln’s letter showing his attempts at compensated emancipation, and a pocket watch from Abraham Lincoln’s personal collection. Now, the substantial lock of Abraham Lincoln’s hair housed in a artistically engraved gold-locket from the family of a Lincoln cabinet member is been offered for sale at the Heritage Auctions’ Civil War & Militaria auction, scheduled to be held on December 8th in Dallas, Texas. Notably, upon Abraham Lincoln’s tragic assassination in April 1865, a number of locks of the President’s hair were removed as mourning keepsakes.
This lock of hair is sewn to a cloth piece with a hand-written note, “Lock of Abraham Lincoln’s Hair Given to Mary McCormick Cameron.”
The note and the hair lock comes encased in an oval glazed locket, whose front is hand-engraved with an outer border of engine turning, and a U.S. shield with stripes and stars.
The locket’s back boasts a similar design, but with a central cartouche, and feathered center.
Regarded as the main draws of the sale, this piece of lock which is estimated to fetch as much as $25,000 comes with tremendous provenance, having been consigned by its original owner’s family.
Another lock of Lincoln’s hair, which comes with small black bow and an embossed leather case (pictured above), was offered on sale by Heritage Auctions’, where it was expected to fetch between $8,000 and $12,000.