Lot 378

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American, circa 1809. Hickory with woven rush seat, with a worn two-step ladderback over the rush seat. Accompanied by a handwritten history and newspaper articles, with pictures, about the path of the chair, including this hand written letter:
"Abraham Lincoln's father made the chair for him when Abe was a very small child in Kentucky. When Lincoln's left Kentucky when Abe was 12 or 13 yrs old his mother gave the little chair as a remembrance to a neighbor - a Mrs. Sherman who had a small daughter. When this daughter years later married and..... with her husband Lemuel Parsons to Springfield Mo. Mrs. Sherman gave the little chair to her daughter to take with her to her Mo home. Mr. Parsons had been very ill in Springfield and was nursed thro the long siege of illness by a kindly neighbor Mrs. Alice Fisher. When the Parsons finally decided to try their fortunes in another city & prepared to move to Monett Mo. Mrs. Parsons brought the precious little chair to her kind neighbor and friend with the statement "I cannot repay you with money but I am giving you this little chair which is priceless to me in gratitude for your loving kindness. Mrs. Fisher cherished the chair for many years and it was frequently loaned by her to old G.A.R. reunions and different public occasions until she found the chair was being endangered by souvenir seekers who whittled pieces from it to carry away. Mrs. Fisher died in 1909 and the chair was handed down to her son Harry upon whose death in 1917 it became the porperty (sic) of his wife Mrs. Jennie Fisher 3515 St. Louis Ave."
Also with the chair is a newspaper article from "The Republic Thursday, January 30, 1902" with an article about the chairs history and a photograph of this chair.

  • 21 3/4 x 14 1/4 x 10 in. (55.2 x 36.2 x 25.4 cm.)
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June 9, 2023 10:00 AM CDT
St. Louis, MO, US

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