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Several strands of Abraham Lincolnís hair displayed with his image in a chained gold locket
[Washington, DC]: , [1865] At least eight strands of President Abraham Lincolnís hair encased in a 0.75î x 0.625î chained oval gold locket opposite an image of Lincoln. The strands are from the ringlet of Lincolnís hair from the collection of his Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles sold at the Skinner auction held in Boston on November 8, 1983. A letter of provenance from Skinner is present. On April 15, 1865, in the White House, according to the National Institute of Health, National Library of Medicine, ìDuring the autopsy Mary Todd Lincoln sent a messenger to request a lock of hair; a tuft was clipped from the head for her.î Lincolnís Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles wrote in his diary that after the President had been shot, Mrs. Lincoln had requested his wife, Mary Jane Welles, to come to the Peterson House across from Fordís Theatre to be with her. She did so and accompanied Mrs. Lincoln to the Executive Mansion the following morning after the President had died. Mrs. Welles was Mrs. Lincolnís closest friend in Washington. She may have presented a lock of her husbandís hair to Mrs. Welles at that time. In addition, also on April 15th, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton had cut a lock of Lincolní hair, put it into an envelope, and addressed the envelope ìTo Mrs. Welles.î
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