Outstanding framed Abraham Lincoln Funeral Relic! Double framed display of dried flower and sprigs of greenery affixed to a cloth-covered board with additional CDVs and engraving.
In a smaller wooden frame, the dried botanicals are mounted against a piece of red velvet and light gold silk. A handwritten note in period ink is dated just the day after Lincoln was interred on May 4 -
“Springfield Ills, May 5th 65 / Evergreen from the dais on which rested the remains / of President Lincoln in the Capitol of his own home / & from which they were borne to their last resting place,”
showing that they were gathered during Lincoln’s Springfield visitation on May 3, 1865.
Handsomely framed alongside CDV portraits of Abraham Lincoln, his successor Andrew Johnson, and his murderer John Wilkes Booth as well as an illustration titled Washington & Lincoln (Apotheosis). Also framed with a hand-colored wood engraving of Lincoln’s catafalque in Chicago, the penultimate stop of his funeral procession.
President Lincoln’s Funeral - The Catafalque at the City Hall - Sketched by W. Waud. Published in Harper’s Weekly. May 20, 1865.
Notarized letter on verso traces provenance to Anna Dover McKnight (1863-1842) who was gifted them by Springfield, IL family members.
The frame measures 19" x 23", and the contents are in very good condition. The greenery has dried to shades of light brown, as expected. Tape residue as shown on the period note. It makes a beautiful display!
After his assassination on April 14, Lincoln’s body lay in state in the East Room of the White House where private and public viewings were held, his Washington funeral was held on the 19th and he lay in state for another day at the Capitol. On the morning of the 21st, his funeral train began a long procession through seven states, roughly following the path of his journey as president-elect to Washington prior to his first inauguration. The train made stops to massive crowds with elaborate public viewings at Baltimore, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, New York, Albany, Buffalo, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Michigan City (IN), and Chicago before arriving in his adopted hometown of Springfield, Illinois.
Upon arriving in Springfield on May 3, Lincoln’s body lay in state in the Illinois Hall of Representatives in the State Capitol. It was in this chamber where Lincoln had given his famous House Divided speech. Reportedly, 75,000 mourners viewed the remains of the fallen president from 10 am throughout the night, for a full 24 hours. The coffin was displayed on an elegant catafalque covered in black velvet trimmed in silver and satin and decorated with white flowers and evergreens. According to the caption included, it was at this viewing where the greenery and flower were gathered. Contemporary descriptions of the catafalque and floral arrangements correspond. The next day, his funeral procession would take the coffin to Oak Ridge Cemetery, a short distance outside the city to be interred in a special, though hastily, built tomb.
Provenance: Anna Dover McKnight by descent to Mary Anna Nixon