Rare Piece of History: The 1841 Abraham Lincoln Wedding Gift That Mary Todd Never Saw

  • The 1841 Abraham Lincoln Wedding Gift That Mary Todd Never Saw

    The 1841 Abraham Lincoln Wedding Gift That Mary Todd Never Saw

  • "To Miss Mary Todd from A.L.  1841" on the inside back cover.

    "To Miss Mary Todd from A.L. 1841" on the inside back cover.

Exhibitor Gotta Have It! Collectibles Inc. ® ( www.gottahaveit.com )of New York City
will be showcasing a rare and fascinating historic treasure at the Baltimore Art, Antique
& Jewelry Show. Attendees will get the chance to admire the wedding gift Abraham
Lincoln bought for Mary Todd in 1841 that she never received. Although the timepiece
holds an incredible provenance, the significance of the gift lies within its little known
backstory.
Prior to the couples wedding date, Lincoln purchased an 18-karat gold, blue-enamel,
diamond studded pocket watch and engraved the inside back cover “To Miss Mary
Todd from A.L. 1841.” On the day of the nuptials, Lincoln and Mary Todd reportedly
argued and called off the wedding and Lincoln never gave Mary Todd the engraved
gift of endearment. Instead, sometime later while Abraham Lincoln was visiting his
close friends William Butler and Mary Curtis, Lincoln spontaneously decided to give
Mary Curtis the gift.

After some time, Miss. Curtis noticed the engraved message and realized the pocket
watch was never intended for her. Mary Curtis was so distraught, she decided to store
it in a trunk for more than 30 years, all the while Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd were
eventually married on November 4, 1842.
Gotta Have It! ® will be showcasing this intriguing piece of history at the Baltimore Art,
Antique & Jewelry Show in booth #1418. The collection includes the pocket watch, the
original wooden box and the handwritten letter Mary Curtis wrote her best friend
Elizabeth DeWitt when she gifted the watch to her prior to passing away. Also, Gotta
Have It! ® has full ownership documentation and many articles written on the
provenance of this piece. This historical item will be available to purchase for $175,000
at the Baltimore Show. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to own a piece of history!
If you’re interested in more details or information about the Baltimore Art, Antique &
Jewelry Show, please email Kelsi Hartmann at Kelsi@palmbeachshow.com.
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The Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show will take place August 25-28, 2016 at the
Baltimore Convention Center, One West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. For
additional information, about the Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, and to
purchase tickets online, please visit www.baltimoresummershow.com.
2016 Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show
August 25-28, 2016

 

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