Lot 400: Choice original 2.25 x 3.75 carte-de-visite bust portrait of Davis as president of the Confederacy circa 1864, boldly signed at the bottom of the image in black ink, "Jeffer. Davis." Published by Vannerson & Jones of Richmond, bearing an 1866 copyright notice to the lower border. In fine condition, with light adhesive remnants to top and bottom edges, and trivial toning and surface marks. Accompanied by the backing to the frame in which the photograph was originally displayed, bearing a letter of provenance, "Presented to H. Victor Newcomb in 1866 by John R. Thompson of Virginia his groomsmen—given to John R. Thompson by Jefferson Davis that same year—For my darling boy Herman D. Newcomb a Christmas Remembrance 1889." An impeccable example featuring an exceptionally bold signature.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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