Lincoln’s funeral tokens: Mourning an American icon

Lincoln’s funeral tokens: Mourning an American icon

Many are familiar with the story of Abraham Lincoln and his April 14, 1865 assassination at the hands of John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. After the shooting on that (not so) Good Friday, Booth fled and Lincoln was taken across the street to the home of William Petersen where he would …

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Writing desk notes Pennsylvania history, one signature at a time

Writing desk notes Pennsylvania history, one signature at a time

This desk is made of walnut with a slanted top and hinged writing surface. The underside of the desk is peppered with dated signatures from legislators who served during the mid-to-late 19th century. Attached to the underside of the writing surface is an unsigned paper label inscribed with the following information: “This desk was one …

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