Posted 4 months ago
I have a portrait of a man I cannot identify. Short story: I'm wondering if he is familiar to anyone.
Long story: I purchased a copy of The New York Herald from 1865 about Lincoln's assassination, and, inside, was this portrait (it was not framed at the time, I had that done). One thing that stuck out about the man is the three link chain he's wearing on his coat. It appears to me that it is an Odd Fellow's chain, but I could be wrong, of course.
So, I'm wondering if anyone can confirm that that is an Odd Fellow's symbol, and if he was any person of import.
Finally, on the back of the portrait, in very small script which I can barely make out using a 20x loupe, is a long string (approx 80-90 characters) of meaningless alpha-numeric babble. (Ex: ...4XWVL3AH...), which I am leaning toward believing is a code of sorts.
Honestly, it's fascinating, and I really want to learn more.