Opera glasses that are believed to have been used by the wife of US President Abraham Lincoln on the night he was murdered were found 154 years later.
Mary Lincoln dropped her ivory binoculars when her husband was shot dead in 1865 in the presidential box at Ford & # 39; s Theater in Washington DC.
They were then picked up by theater patron William Kent who came to the rescue of the president.
Brass and ivory binoculars believed to have been used by Abraham Lincoln's wife Mary Lincoln were discovered during a house cleanup on a property in Suffolk
Lincoln looked at the acclaimed version of & # 39; Our American Cousin & # 39; with officer and diplomat Henry Rathone (photo on the far left), his socialite wife Clara Harris (second left) and Mary then John Wilkes Booth (photo behind Abraham, far right) their presidential box
And the copper and ivory glasses have now been discovered in a house cleanup on a site in Suffolk by a man whose father inherited them years ago.
It is unknown how they came into the possession of the family, but it is known that an ancestor had ties with America.
The ivory-clad glasses are engraved with the words: & # 39; Mrs. Mary Lincoln left these glasses in the box as Ford & # 39; s Theater, Good Friday, April 14, 1865, when our beloved president and leader was brutally murdered, found by William Kent Esq. & # 39;
Mary was supposed to have been wearing the glasses during a performance at the Ford & # 39; s Theater in Washington, DC, in April 1865, the night her husband was shot (photo)
Historians say they & # 39; no doubt & # 39; have that the glasses are authentic because of the engravings and that the style is mid-19th century
Abraham Lincoln, pictured, was shot in the back of the head by John Wilkes Booth
Lincoln scientists have studied the glasses and said they are the right time and style to be real.
The American historian Ed Steers said that if they were fake, they would have been done pretty smart a century ago & # 39 ;.
He added that there is & # 39; no doubt & # 39; in his head is & # 39; because he & # 39; has treated dozens of artifacts related to Lincoln & # 39; and a & # 39; has a different feeling about (this) item & # 39;
Mrs. Lincoln's empty spectacle case of the same fateful occasion is being held by the Ford & # 39; s Theater Museum.
Message on the opera glasses
Mrs. Mary Lincoln left these glasses in the box as Ford & # 39; s Theater, Good Friday, April 14, 1865, when our beloved president and leader was brutally murdered by William Kent Esq.
Auctioneer and appraiser at Reeman Dansie, said: & # 39; When the guy brought them out and I read the inscription, I really got a shiver down my back. & # 39;
The ivory on the glasses contains a slit that has happened over time, but the father is almost 100 and cannot remember where they came from.
& # 39; We know that Abraham Lincoln's glasses that he & # 39; Black wax used at night with gold-plated piping and these are white with gold-plated piping, so they almost look like & # 39; his and her & # 39 ;. & # 39;
The ivory on the glasses was split, which has happened for a while, but the father is almost 100 and cannot remember where they came from.
Theater patron William Kent leaves a note on the binoculars that an auctioneer says the item & # 39; gives you a sense of the chaos and panic and things that are thrown and thrown away in the heat of the moment at the moment of the shooting & # 39;
He added that it is & # 39; on the market to decide the engraving on them & # 39; but it is in the style of the mid-19th century.
& # 39; We think these glasses are a real remnant of a major historical event. They give you a sense of chaos and panic and things that are thrown away and thrown away in the heat of the moment at the moment of the shooting. & # 39;
An additional complication when selling is that the law on trade in items made from ivory is now much stricter than ever before.
The sale of ivory from elephants killed after 1947 has been illegal for nearly 30 years, according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
While new laws were introduced in the US in 2015 that meant that ivory entered the country, no matter how old the item was.
Mr. Wright said: & # 39; These glasses are lined with ivory. If they were to sell to an American bidder, I suspect that a license could be obtained for them if the item is considered of great importance and significance. & # 39;
Lincoln was shot by actor John Wilkes Booth, an ally who was strongly opposed to the president's plans to abolish slavery. The murder was part of a larger conspiracy intended by Booth to breathe new life into the Southern cause by eliminating the three key US government officials – Secretary of State William H. Seward and Vice President Andrew Johnson.
Booth shot Lincoln in the back of his head once and he died the next morning.
Booth fled the scene on horseback and was tracked down to a farm in Virginia 11 days later. He was shot by a soldier after the barn in which he hid was set on fire.
The opera glasses are auctioned on 25 September.
The murder of President Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was shot in the back of the head during a performance at the Ford & # 39; s Theater in Washington, DC by well-known actor John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865.
He was the first American president to be murdered and his funeral was followed by an extensive period of national mourning.
This happened only five days after the confederate General Robert E. Lee had surrendered his army and effectively ended the American Civil War.
They watched the acclaimed version of & # 39; Our American Cousin & # 39; while the murder took place. Military officer and diplomat Henry Rathbone shared the box with Lincoln's social wife and Rathbone, Clara Harris, and the diplomat suffered serious stab wounds to prevent Booth's escape.
The murder was part of a larger conspiracy intended by Booth to breathe new life into the Southern cause by eliminating the three most important officials of the United States government.
Conspirators Lewis Powell and David Herold were assigned to assassinate Secretary of State William H. Seward, and George Atzerodt was tasked with assassinating Vice President Andrew Johnson. The first plot had failed and Atzerodt lost its guts
During Lincoln's assassination, Booth then rushed onto the stage and announced & # 39; Sir semper tyrannis! & # 39; To what translates to & # 39; So ever to tyrants! & # 39; that the public thought was part of the production. They went along until they heard Mary Lincoln's piercing scream and this is when she left the theater – with her opera glasses nearby.
The perpetrator broke his leg in the fall, but managed to flee Washington on horseback.
Meanwhile, several soldiers brought Lincoln to Petersen House, where he died the next morning at 7.22 am.
The cold-blooded killer was tracked down to a farm in Virginia 11 days later by one of the country's largest manhunts with 1,000 Union soldiers. He was shot by a soldier after the barn in which he hid was set on fire.
He died and said & # 39; Tell mother that I died for my country & # 39; and his body was buried in Washington.
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