Original piece of black cloth, measuring 3.25 by 2.5, from the casket of Abraham Lincoln while the presidents body lay in state in New Yorks City Hall from April 24 to 25, 1865. ORIGINAL PIECE OF BLACK CLOTH FROM THE CASKET OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN WHILE THE PRESIDENTS BODY LAY IN STATE IN NEW YORKS CITY HALL FROM APRIL 24 TO 25, 1865.
Given to my Father by the Undertaker who had charge of Lincolns body after it arrived in N. Post and as you read the article you will see that Mr. Reylea made the funeral car. He was an intimate friend of my father belonging to same Masonic Lodge Americus 535 F. Also accompanied by a clipped newspaper obituary of Reylea, which recounts his role in Lincolns Funeral.
The two handwritten notes of provenance and newspaper obituary are nicely framed with the Lincoln casket cloth to an overall size of 21.75 by 20.75. ACCOMPANIED WITH TWO CIVIL WAR ERA HANDWRITTEN NOTES OF PROVENANCE AND A NEWSPAPER OBITUARY ACKNOWLEDGING THE RELIC ORIGINALLY CAME FROM LINCOLNS NEW YORK UNDERTAKER. Shortly after the assassination, Lincolns body lay in the East Room of the White House for four days. On April 19, 1865, it was moved during the state funeral procession from the White House to the Rotunda of the Capitol where it laid in state for the public to view until April 21.
Lincolns body then traveled on a 12 day journey retracing Lincolns inaugural route through several major cities where the public could mourn his death and memorialize his life. Reyleas obituary recounts his significant role in the New York visitation and funeral on April 25: He was engaged by a committee of the New York Board of Aldermen on April 21, to take charge of the obsequies of the martyred President, Abraham Lincoln... He slept neither night nor day until the body of President Lincoln left this city.The New York commemorations were enormous with an estimated 500,000 people who visited the Presidents body and the funeral procession included 11,000 soldiers and an estimated 75,000 civilian mourners. Lincolns final funeral and burial were in Springfield, IL on May 4. The item "Piece of Cloth from Abraham Lincoln's Casket in U. Capitol Civil War Era LOA" is in sale since Monday, November 18, 2019.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Historical Memorabilia\Political\US\Presidents & First Ladies". The seller is "grayautographs" and is located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States.