1864 Abraham Lincoln Signed Military Commission

Sold For: $7,200

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2336

Item Year: 1864

Category: Historical/Political

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United States military commission, dated March 1, 1864, signed by Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), sixteenth President of the United States. The fully executed commission, which is partially handwritten and printed on vellum, appoints James J. Wray as "Assistant Quartermaster of Volunteers with the rank of Captain." The commission has been boldly signed in black ink by "Abraham Lincoln" ("9") and also by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton ("7"). One of the many distinguishing characteristics of military commissions is the fact that Lincoln always penned his full-name signature, rather than "A. Lincoln," the form commonly found on other documents and letters. As such, commissions have always been highly prized by advanced collectors. One of the more interesting aspects of this piece is that one week later, on March 9, 1864, Lincoln commissioned Ulysses S. Grant as Lieutenant General and three days later named him General in Chief of all U.S. armies. The document features an elaborately engraved vignette containing all the elements of the Great Seal of the United States, with the words "The President of the United States of America" as its banner, making it particularly ideal for display. The original green paper seal remains firmly attached at the top. The document (13.75 x 17.5 inches; visible dimensions) has normal folds (as issued), and is otherwise in apparent Near Mint condition. With regard to both the quality of the signature and condition of the piece, this Lincoln signed commission represents one of the finest examples we have offered and is one that would be a highlight addition to any advanced Lincoln, presidential, or Civil War collection. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 24 x 28 inches. Full LOA from Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication and full LOA from James Spence/JSA. The substantial size/weight of this item requires that there will be a shipping charge for this lot (which will vary depending upon where it is being shipped). The shipping charge will be billed separately from the auction invoice. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$10,000.

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