Engraved portrait and signature of Abraham Lincoln
The engraved portrait, signed and inscribed in pencil A. Lincoln with additional ink inscription: "To W.M. Kasson/Feby 18th 1861" written on a small slip attached to the bottom of the image is enclosed in a contemporary gutta-percha decorative hinged case with velvet linings and gilt-metal mat. This engraving is one of three existing copies of the only print portrait which Lincoln is known to have signed. Six proof copies were sent to Lincoln in Springfield prior to his departure for Washington. On the trip Lincoln used a parlor car made for him by William M. Kasson of Buffalo, New York. The signature and inscription were presented to Kasson when the inaugural train stopped in Buffalo on Feb. 18, 1861.
Lincoln, Abraham; AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation holds all rights and permissions.
paper and ink
15 x 12 cm
Lincoln, Abraham; AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO., “Engraved portrait and signature of Abraham Lincoln,” Chronicling Illinois, accessed January 25, 2021, http://chroniclingillinois.org/items/show/749.