Autograph letter signed
Title: Leather case and one cent coin
At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 85,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World through the end of the twentieth century.
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Dyck, Sir Anthony van, (1599-1641)
Title: Serenissimus Potentissimus Princeps Carolus, des Gratia Magna Brittania, Francais, et Hibern Rex
One engraving entitled "Serenissimus Potentissimus Princeps Carolus, des gratia Magna Brittania, Francais, et Hibern Rex (Latin)" circa 1861-1877. Portrait of King Charles I. Engraved by Pieter de Jode II from an original painting by Sir Anthony van Dyck.
Title: [Hand-forged iron shackles, 18th-19th century]
One set of hand-forged iron shackles, dated 18th-19th century. Consists of two c-shaped iron cuffs attached with heavy iron links to two round rings. One ring is larger than the other and creates a point to link the shackles to another set of shackles or a chain. At the opening of the cuffs there are oval shaped links that close the shackles off and allow for a lock to be placed. Possibly used on enslaved people.
The Forbes Lithograph MFG. CO.
Title: Revere House
One engraving entitled "Revere House" dated 1770-1800. Depicts a view of Paul Revere's House. Caption notes, "Home of Paul Revere, North Square Boston 1770-1800. On the night of April 18th he went forth from here on his famous ride to Lexington and Concord, summoning the Patriots to the first battle of the Revolution. April 19th 1775." Engraver unknown.
West, Benjamin, (1738-1820)
Title: The Death of General Wolfe
One engraving entitled "The Death of General Wolfe" circa 1861-1877. Depicts the death of General Wolfe at the Battle of Quebec, September 13, 1759. In the middle of the image, a mortally wounded General James Wolfe lays on the ground surrounded by fellow soliders and Native Americans. Engraved by S. Smith after an original painting by Benjamin West.
Nevin, M., (fl. 1860)
Title: Retreat from Long Island Aug. 29 1776
One engraving entitled "Retreat From Long Island Aug. 29, 1776" dated 1776. Depicts the Continental Army retreating after being defeated by British forces at the Battle of Long Island, August 29, 1776. Engraved by Henry Brian Hall after a painting by M. Nevin. Printed by W. Pate. Original painting in possession of publishers at time of engraving.
Ver Bryck, Cornelius, (1813-1844)
Title: Washington's Head Quarters at Tappan
One engraving entitled, "Washington's Head Quarters at Tappan" circa 1780. Depicts a distant view of Washington's Head Quarters at Tappan, New York where Major John Andre was tried in 1780. In the forefront of the image three cows drink from the Hudson River. Caption notes, "the house where andre was tried." Engraved by Samuel Valentine Hunt after a painting by Cornelius Ver Bryck (misspelled as Verboyck). Printed by W. Pate.
H. W. Fay
Title: Portrait photo of Abraham Lincoln [cabinet card]
The image shows Abraham Lincoln, turned slightly to his left. Inscription on verso: "An Historical Treasure . . . . " followed by a lengthy explanation of the provenance of the photo. The image was taken in Springfield, Illinois just before Lincoln's departure for Washington, D.C. Additional inscription on verso: "H. W. Fay, DeKalb, Ill."
Simickson, Henry (fl. 1863-)
Title: [Article honoring those who lost their lives in the Civil War]
Title torn from article. "These men fought to maintain and perpetuate the rights of human nature. These men fought, not for themselves alone--they struck the chains from the limbs of four millions of bondsmen..."
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