National Inauguration Ball. March 4th, 1865.
National Inauguration Ball. March 4th, 1865.

National Inauguration Ball. March 4th, 1865.

N.p. [Washington, D.C.]: 1865. Designed and drawn by [Joseph Goldsborough] Bruff. Engraved by [William H.] Dempsey & [Laurence J.] O'Toole. Single sheet on cream stock, 7 1/2" x 10 3/8". Printed on recto only.

An engraved invitation to Lincoln's second inaugural ball, filled out with the name of Mrs. Hugh McCulloch, the wife of Lincoln’s Comptroller of Currency (and later Secretary of the Treasury), accompanied by the original envelope addressed to Hugh McCulloch.

Portraits of Lincoln and Andrew Johnson appear above a list of ball "managers," encompassed within an elaborate architectural border comprising a three-tiered base representing the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War, with two columns, each surmounted by a Federal eagle. Each column is graced by a banner, one of which carries an especially meaningful legend, with the Civil War all but over: “E Pluribus Unum We Are One And Indissoluble.” Among the managers listed are Hannibal Hamlin, U. S. Grant, W. T. Sherman, Abner Doubleday, D. G. Farragut, and many others.

REFERENCES: Schneider, p. 231

CONDITION: Very good.

Item #1733

Price: $2,750.00

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