When Abraham Lincoln was shot he had a watch fob of gold-bearing quartz in his pocket.
Posted at 2:38 am by 1909ventilo, on February 10, 2012
a watch fob of gold-bearing quartz, mounted in gold;
When Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865, he was carrying two pairs of spectacles and a lens polisher, a pocketknife, a watch fob, a linen handkerchief, and a brown leather wallet containing a five-dollar Confederate note and nine newspaper clippings, including several favorable to the president and his policies. Given to his son Robert Todd upon Lincoln’s death, these everyday items, which through association with tragedy had become like relics, were kept in the Lincoln family for more than seventy years. They came to the Library in 1937 as part of the gift from Lincoln’s granddaughter, Mary Lincoln Isham,.
I took this photo of my locket…. really a watch fob! ….California gold-in-quartz set in karat gold, manufactured in the last half of the 19th century.
I love old things! I’ve been collecting Vintage and antiques since I was practically a kid! I love researching the Edwardian era. … I am so… sentimental and concerned with things of the past…my family and friends cease to talk to me at times. I love period movies: Horseman on the Roof, Wuthering Heights, The Woodlanders, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Bleak house, and John Adams. My favorite actress is Juliette Binoche, in the movie Chocolat. I know it’s just a movie but, I feel if people would act that kind the world would be a better place to live.
I am on a constant mission to discover treasures; I love one-of-a-kind items, no one else has. Because I buy too much, occasionally I sell my items; Vintage prom, purses, antiques and incredible Edwardian jewelry. Originally I started this blog for myself, my little space to keep all my research notes, price realized and my photo creations. It seems there is more to this blog now, hopefully you can feel my love for the past.
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I have a very similar watch fob to the one you have in the picture, without the locket. It has the same exact links. My grandmother had told me it was handed down to her, and was originally owned by General Grant, yet I am having difficulty finding proof since I wasn’t given any record of it. I’d love to speak with you and maybe text you a photo of it, see what you may know. Thanks