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Shadow Box with Soldering Tools

S.S. Elder1865

Ford's Theatre
Ford's Theatre

Tools used by tinsmith S.S. Elder to seal Lincoln’s coffin before his burial in Springfield. Note the damage on the blue State House pass. In a letter of his account, Elder wrote that “…the crowd surged up against me so that acid from the bottel [sic] splashed on the blue cardboard pass nearly obliterating the words printed on it.”

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