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Framed leaves from Abraham Lincoln's bier
Date: 1865
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Medium: Albumen photograph, plant material, ink, silk ribbon, wood gilding
Dimensions: Framed: 8 3/4 x 7 1/4 x 1 in. (22.2 x 18.4 x 2.5 cm)
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Spray of laurel taken from Abraham Lincoln's bier while he lay in state at City Hall; in gilded oval frame together with small cut-out albumen photograph of Lincoln and a black and white crossed ribbon.
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Georgine Wood Charlton
Object Number: 1947.47
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Inscribed: Inscribed in ink below laurel: "[Th]is laurel lay on President Lincoln's heart / while lying in state for three days in / City Hall in New York April 25th / 1865"; inscribed in pencil on reverse of frame: "Gift of Mrs. Georgine Wood Charlton / 2/11/47 / Taken from Lincoln's bier by Jeremiah Wood"

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This laurel was taken by Jeremiah Wood from Abraham Lincoln's bier while he lay in state in City Hall. After Lincoln's assassination, his funeral train arrived in New York City early on 24 April. The cortege followed a route from Desbrosses Street to City Hall Park, and Lincoln's body lay in state at City Hall from 1 p.m. until noon the next day, when the cortege traveled up Broadway to the depot of the Hudson River Railroad.


Holzer, Harold, ed. "Lincoln and New York." New York: The New-York Historical Society and London: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd., 2009.

Holzer, Harold and The New-York Historical Society. "The Civil War in 50 Objects." New York: Viking, 2013.


"Lincoln and New York," New-York Historical Society, September 15, 2009-March 25, 2010.