Found and For Sale: $175,000 Pocket Watch from 1841 that Abraham Lincoln Bought for Mary Todd

 |  August 17th, 2016

Vintage watches always capture our attention, especially when the provenance is crystal clear and significant. At the upcoming Baltimore Art, Antique and Jewelry Show (August 25-28), one such vintage timepiece will be up for sale. A rare piece of history, the watch is an 18-karat gold and enamel pocket watch that Abraham Lincoln bought as a wedding gift for Mary Todd in 1841. According to the current owner, New York-based Gotta Have it! Collectibles, little is known about the watch except that for some reason, Mary Todd never received it. Prior to their marriage, Lincoln purchased the 18-karat gold pocket watch with blue enamel and diamond adornments and had the inside back cover engraved with the words: “To Miss Mary…

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