Ribbon from Lincoln’s Inauguration
A Souvenir Ribbon from
Lincoln’s Second Inauguration
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Inauguration Ribbon. Produced in Coventry, England by Thomas Stevens for the American market, who used C. D. Frederick’s June 30, 1861 photograph as the basis of the Lincoln image [O-55]. A colorful woven silk ribbon, 2-1/8 x 7-5/8 inches.
These Stevensgraph ribbons were sold at Lincoln’s second inauguration as a souvenir.
When he was assassinated, the same company hurriedly revised the ribbon, titling it “The Late Lamented President” and adding a couple of lines of poetry at the top, lengthening it to include all that as a memorial.
A tassel may have been attached. This version, produced while Lincoln still lived, is not only more desirable, but certainly much scarcer than the memorial one.
A central fold does not much mar the power and beauty of this ribbon.