A pen Abraham Lincoln is known to have used during the American civil war (1861-1865) is set to appear in Nate D Sanders’ February 22 sale.
The spectacular steel-nibbed fountain pen features a gold barrel studded with stars, a reference to the states of the Union.
The barrel of the pen is ornamented with stars
The piece is sold along with the original handwritten note of provenance from Lincoln’s grandniece Mary Edwards Brown.
It reads: “Desk set of pen holders pencil scraper etc. given to Abraham Lincoln while President of U.S.”
There’s no information on who gifted the pen to the president.
Given the quality of the lot, they were clearly a person of means.
Bidding will start at $30,000 and is likely to rise significantly higher given its connection to Lincoln’s war years.
In 2013, a pair of glasses Lincoln was photographed wearing in 1865 sold for $84,500 at Nate D Sanders.
Another famous historical figure's fountain pen is heading to auction this month.
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Elsewhere in the sale, a $2,000 cheque signed by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is featured with an estimate of upwards of $20,000.
The lot is dated March 11, 1988 and made out to Jobs’ then girlfriend Tina Redse.
Last year we tracked an explosion in demand for Steve Jobs’ signature, with an autographed copy of Newsweek hammering for a record $50,500 at RR Auction in October.
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