11-15-2009 11-15-2009
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2483 Boston
November 15, 2009 11:00 AMCalender

Brown, John of Osawatomie (1800-1859)

Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 2483 Location: Boston Date / Time: November 15, 2009 11:00AM


Brown, John of Osawatomie (1800-1859), Clipped lock of hair with contemporary note card from 1856, tied with silk thread, card reading: "Lock of the Hair of John Brown. Hung at Charleston Va. Decr. 2nd, 1859. His remains were immediately after the execution placed on the Express train for the North and arrived in New York Sunday morning where it was placed in charge of McGraw & Taylor Undertakers (Bowery) to be laid out in accordance with the wishes of his friends. Presented by Charles Close Esq. January 17th, 1860," lg. lock 1 1/2 in., (soiling and tear to card, toned).

Provenance: C. Godrey Gunther, former Mayor of New York City, 1864-65. Then by descent to present owner.
Estimate $5,000-7,000


John Brown, Taylor Undertakers (Bowery), the Express, Charles Close, 1 1/2, Mayor, New York City, C. Godrey Gunther