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Contents of Lincoln's Pockets Collection

Ford's Theatre

Ford's Theatre

These items, carried by Abraham Lincoln on the night of his assassination, were given to his oldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln. The collection includes: folding and non-folding spectacles with their cases; a chamois lens polisher; an ivory pocketknife; a gold quartz watch fob; an Irish linen handkerchief; a cufflink; and a silk-lined, brown leather wallet containing a pencil and a Confederate five dollar bill—the last item perhaps kept as a reminder of his recent trip to the fallen Confederate capital, Richmond.

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