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When John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, he carried a single-shot deringer pistol and this horn-handled dagger. Booth used the one shot in the deringer to kill Lincoln, then attempted to fight off Major Henry Rathbone, a guest of the Lincolns in the Presidential Box, with the dagger. Booth stabbed Rathbone in the arm, nearly killing him, before jumping onto the stage and escaping.

Notice the words "Liberty" and "America" engraved in the dagger.

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