Lot 105 of 395:
Lock of John Brown's Hair  

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A lock of John Brown's hair, framed with a certificate of authenticity


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A lock of John Brown’s hair enclosed in a small specially made gilt frame, mounted on a certificate of provenance and authenticity, all encompassed in a 13x15" wood gilt frame.

Hair from the violent abolitionist John Brown, who ravaged "Bleeding Kansas" and attacked the federal armory at Harper's Ferry. The Certification reads, “ I certify that the strands of hair herewith accompanying were removed by me from the old envelope (pictured here) inscribed “John Brown’s Hair,” apparently in Brown’s own handwriting. The lock of hair was probably sent by Brown to an admirer. This envelope, with the hair inside, was recently discovered in a collection of important John Brown letters, formerly the property of Sol Feinstone, noted manuscript collector” signed in ink, Charles Hamilton. The Certification is also signed by Louis Mushro,and reads “I Louis Mushro, Lifetime member of the Manuscript Society, have removed this hair from the enclosed described lot”. Reproduced is the image of the envelope which contained the hair with Brown’s signature, as well as an engraving of Brown, showing that his signature matches the envelope signature.

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Fine condition.

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