Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 14.75 x 18, March 6, 1865. President Lincoln appoints Arthur J. Pritchard as “Assistant Paymaster in the Navy.” Prominently signed at the conclusion by Lincoln and countersigned by Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles. Handsomely double-matted with a bust image of Lincoln and an information placard and framed to an overall size of 32 x 27. The light green wafer seal is worn but intact. Noticeable intersecting folds and some light soiling and staining (most noticeably along the central vertical fold), otherwise fine condition; Welles’s signature is light but legible, while Lincoln’s signature is a fantastic clean and bold example. A highly desirable naval appointment from an important period—two days after Lincoln’s second inauguration and one month before his assassination—highlighted by his beautiful full signature. Oversized. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Abraham Lincoln Civil War dated naval commission