The opera glasses that Abraham Lincoln held in his hand when he was fatally shot at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. on April 14, 1865 will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders on April 30. They were previously in the collection of Malcolm Forbes, Sr.
Lincoln carried the German-manufactured glasses to ‘‘Our American Cousin” starring Laura Keene at Ford’s Theater. During the second act’s third scene, John Wilkes Booth jumped into Lincoln’s box and shot him in the head with his pistol. C
aptain James M. McCamly, a Washington city guard and formerly of the 70th New York Infantry Regiment found the black and gold glasses on the street while helping transport Lincoln from Ford’s Theater to the Petersen House, where the President died hours later. The glasses remained in McCamly’s family for three generations.
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