Sep 27, 2018 - Sale 2486

Sale 2486 - Lot 57

Price Realized: $ 2,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750
(PHOTOGRAPHY.) [Alschuler, Samuel G.; photographer.] Cabinet card of a very early Lincoln ambrotype. Albumen photograph, 5 1/2 x 4 inches, on original mount with caption in negative, copyright notice on recto, and A.R. Campbell backstamp on verso; very faint crease in lower left corner, early owners' inked stamps scraped off from verso. Beatrice, NE, 1885 (from an 1858 original)

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Alschuler's 25 April 1858 ambrotype, taken in Urbana, IL, was just the fourth known photograph ever taken of Lincoln--and one of just 5 taken before the 16 June 1858 "House Divided" speech and Senate nomination which put him in the national spotlight. In it, Lincoln wears a velvet-collared coat which he borrowed from the photographer. The original ambrotype was purchased by Lincoln admirer W.H. Somers, who had it copyrighted and distributed in the present form. Ostendorf O-4 and pages 10-11.