Silk Fragment from Abraham Lincoln's Funeral Train Flag
Measuring 0.25" x 0.5", Indianapolis, Indiana, Ca. April 30, 1865. A small piece of red and white silk, taken from a larger, 36-star flag, used during Abraham Lincoln's funeral journey from Washington, D.C. to his final resting place in Springfield, Illinois. The provenance states that the fabric remnant was part of a flag that was specially made for Lincoln by the matron of the McQuillen family in Indianapolis. When the train stopped in the city, the flag was hung in one of the interior train compartments in tribute. Before the train departed, the flag was returned to the family. The piece has minor fading and fraying, else very good.
After Lincoln's death, his body lay in state at the U.S. Capitol before traveling to Springfield. The funeral train left on April 21, 1865, traveling through 180 cities and seven states as it retraced Lincoln's victorious route to Washington in 1861.
This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.
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