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[Civil War/Jeff. Davis & Family] 2 Albumen photographs of Jefferson Davis w/ wife & children. ++ Group photograph of the children of Jefferson Davis (President of the Confederacy) and Varina Howell Davis. From the left to the right portion of the image, the photo shows Jefferson Davis Jr. (1857-1878), Margaret (b. 1855), William Howell (1861-1872), and Varina Anne (“Winnie,” 1864-1898). Not shown here are Samuel Emory Davis (1852-1854) and Joseph Evan Davis (1859-1864). Later ink notation in lower portion of image (the last name of the recipient is not legible, but likely “The children of Pres. & Mrs Jefferson Davis/ to/ Sen- Watson.” ++ Photograph of Jefferson and Varina Howell Davis. Inked in lower portion of image by a later owner: “Pres & Mrs. Davis to Sen Watson." Penciled on back of mount: "Byars Coontz" [Virginia Byars Coontz Caldwell] (1901-1999) These photos were acquired by Henry S. Preston (1841-1902), who was a law student at Washington College (now Washington & Lee) in Lexington, VA, during Robt. E. Lee’s time as Washington College’s President. Preston later practiced law in Abingdon, VA. The photos were inherited by Virginia Byars Coontz Caldwell (1901-99), Henry Preston’s first cousin, twice removed.++ Both images 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 in. Minor foxing and staining. Minor wear to edges of images, corners slightly clipped, mounts show surface wear from earlier frames.

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2 Albumens: Jefferson Davis & wife; Davis children

Auction ended on Thu, Jun 9, 2016
Estimate $400 - $600
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360 S. Washington St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
United States
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