- Laura Keene
- The Actress who Cradled
- at Ford's Theater
- Extraordinarily Rare
- With an accompanying
Signature of John T. Ford
Keene (1810-1873) [Abraham Lincoln]. Famed 19th Century Actress; Stage name of English
actress whose real name is unknown. On American stage from 1852.
Forever linked to Abraham Lincoln, the actress on stage the fateful
night Lincoln was shot, April 14, 1865, at Ford's Theater in
Washington, D.C.; cradled the head of the dying President. Her
dress was one of the most viewed relics of the post-assassination
- Extraordinarily Rare Autograph
Letter Signed, one page,
Saturday, no date or place (appears to be trimmed), large octavo.
Reads in part: "My dear Mrs. Mosford, What a good bit
you had last Sunday. We open I think on Monday
3 acts-called 'Seven Sons' each soon played by a good and pretty
actress. After this play is off my friend I want to see you on
an important business subject. When are we to have another Sunday?
Mrs. Stephens and Mathalda are anxious to go along. Very Truly
yours, L Keene".
Signatures of Laura Keene are basically unobtainable. Dealers
of Lincolnia would agree that her material is all but non-existent.
The wonderful letter has been inlaid on borders, "Laura
Keene has been written in purple ink, vertically on left margin,
the number 2 has been written in a box on lower left corner which
touched the "ne" in Keene.
- Accompanied with a Vintage
Signature of John T. Ford, the proprietor of Ford's Theater,
on a 3 in. by 2 in. card. Simply an extraordinary example of
Keene. No Lincoln collection is complete without her. $6,900.00