Posted 6 years ago
I had visited an Antique Barn for several weeks in a row, just looking and fascinated with the history. They sold mostly vintage house ware items (handles, lamps, doors, window frames, etc.) but I kept looking at this picture sitting in the corner. I took a photo of the signature/picture and researched who he was….and wholly guacamole:
During the Civil War, Pomeroy gained national notoriety for his vicious anti-Lincoln editorials and pronouncements. Although Pomeroy's vivid and vindictive journalism gave the Democrat a large circulation during the early years of the war, his Copperheadism forced it into virtual failure by 1865
I also read that when president Lincoln was assassinated that M.M.Pomeroy was assumed to be the main man behind the shooting and a lynch mob was set out to hunt him down. He survived.
I took this picture into an art dealer who has been in the business for over 40 years and he verified that everything looks original from the hand-carved nails to the pitted glass and the signature which appears to be a darker ink than the engraving, which possibly indicates that it is an original signature. Everything from this picture indicates that it was produced in the mid 1800’s.
I have called The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Memorial Library and spoke to the Historian and emailed him pictures. I haven’t heard back (2 weeks). I have also talked to the Wisconsin Museum who gave me advice on how to care for Mr. Pomeroy, but legally they are not able to offer advice or referrals.
I would really love to verify that this is an original, and if so – this is a very significant piece of American history. I am needing help in knowing who to contact. It’s not an option for me to pay to have it appraised. Please direct me towards a person who can help me to verify the authenticity. I would be very interested in knowing the value and passing it forward to a historical society.