As Americans, we are fortunate to live in a country that is steeped in a rich and vibrant past — a history filled with enough memorable and stunning events to fill more books than are in the Library of Congress. What’s more, today, we can continue to “live” our history through television shows and movies that celebrate many epic events and acclaimed public and political figures who made significant contributions to this great country of ours.
One in particular is Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln, one of the United States’ most famous political figures, has been ingrained in our psyche through a plethora of media, including paintings, photography, stage plays, music and the movies.
THE LEGENDARY PAINTING BY FRANCIS BICKNELL CARPENTER OF LINCOLN AND HIS CABINET DRAFTING THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION
A prime example is the movie, “Lincoln,” currently showing throughout the country that has been hailed by many critics as a spectacular homage to Lincoln, thanks to Daniel Day-Lewis’ striking resemblance to and reported mannerism of the President.
A ONE-OF-A-KIND ACTOR PLAYING A ONE-OF-A-KIND PRESIDENT: DANIEL DAY-LEWIS AS ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Lincoln is considered one of America’s greatest heroes because of his unique, remarkable story — his rise from humble beginnings to achieve the highest office in the country. His legacy will surely endure as we recognize and remember him for his distinctively human and humane personality and the significantly historical role he played as savior of the Union and emancipator of slaves. In fact, it is his Emancipation Proclamation, issued in 1863 that freed all slaves in the rebellious states and began the path for what became the eventual abolition of slavery with the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. Later that same year, Lincoln delivered his famous and oft-quoted Gettysburg Address - which still today prevails as one of the most influential pieces of oratory in American history. And on November 19, this famous speech celebrated its 149th anniversary. Today, Lincoln’s legacy is indisputable. And for that we as a country are forever grateful.
MARY TODD LINCOLN, FIRST LADY OF OUR COUNTRY
Lincoln’s wife and the First Lady from 1861 to 1865, Mary Todd Lincoln was a staunch supporter of the President’s quest to save the Union. During her years in the White House, the First Lady often visited hospitals around Washington. Her dedication to the military was demonstrated when she would take the time to write letters for them to send to their loved ones. Occasionally, she would accompany the President on military visits to the field. While she performed her duties as the First Lady flawlessly, hosting many social functions, she was often blamed by historians for what was perceived as spending too much on the White House. She was said to have felt that it was an important duty to maintain the prestige of the Presidency and the Union during the horrendous Civil War.
GOLD ENGRAVINGS OF MARY TODD LINCOLN, A FIRST LADY OF COMPLEXITY AS WELL AS UNBEARABLE SUFFERING
The President and the First Lady had four sons: Robert Todd Lincoln, Edward Lincoln, Willie Lincoln, and Tad Lincoln. Sadly, only son Robert Todd Lincoln lived to a thriving adulthood. Early death deprived son's Willie as well as Tad of adult success and happiness. These tradgedies, along with the murder of the Predsident, had much to do with the fraqile mental health of Mary Todd Lincoln.
LINCOLN’S PRESCRIPTION EYEGLASSES FROM THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION
We present for your viewing pleasure a remarkable and rare find: Abraham Lincoln’s prescription eyeglasses, lovingly preserved and protected in a rich leather, gold embossed optical case. This is just one of many Presidential relics in The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.
LINCOLN WEARING HIS SIGNATURE GLASSES WITH HIS BELOVED SON TAD
FROM THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION - THE LINCOLNS' WHITE HOUSE DINNER PLATE USED FOR STATE DINNER, STILL IN SPECTACULAR CONDITION ONE HUNDRED FIFTY YEARS LATER
Also featured is a Dinner Plate that was selected by First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, who was passionate and dedicated to her responsibility and duty for furnishing the White House. This Dinner Plate is part of a collection that was French, and imported and decorated by E.V. Haughwout and Company, New York. The collection was presented and used at State Dinners at the White House. Several original Lincoln pieces of this beautiful porcelain reside in the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection today.
RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX, COLLECTOR AND HISTORIAN