November 19, 2015 07:00 PM EST Cincinnati


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George Washington Lock of Hair

Approx. 3 strands of President George Washington's hair, housed in a modern, museum quality frame under glass with pieces of the red cedar case that contained George Washington's coffin. The relics are framed together with a modern portrait of Washington and his facsimile signature, 18 x 22 in. overall. 

The strands of hair were once part of a larger lock of hair presented to Thomas Farmer in 1845 by a young lady employed by a hair braiding establishment on Chatham St., New York. The young lady, who was in the process of making a locket or bracelet from Washington and General Andrew Jackson's hair for a jewelry store on Broadway, gave a lock of the hair to Farmer. The strands offered here were obtained from Farmer's lock, originally accompanied by a letter of provenance, which previously sold at Alexander Autographs on October 15, 2005. Copies of the previous auction listing and letter of provenance accompany the lot, as well as a Letter of Authenticity signed by Ryan T. Mack of Griffin Memorabilia.

The removed pieces from the original outer case that housed Washington's casket in 1799 were once part of a larger piece presented to Congressman Timothy Hedges in 1831.

Condition:Items are in excellent condition and come with documents verifying the authenticity of the strands.

Estimate: $500 - $700
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$431
11/20/2015

 

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