WORCESTER, Mass., Jan. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- A rare sword presented by Abraham Lincoln to the head of the White House Guard will be sold at auction by Central Mass Auctions, Inc. The live auction will begin at 6:00 pm on Thursday, January 30 at 267 Providence Street in Worcester. The auction preview begins at 3:00 PM that day.
President Abraham Lincoln presented the sword to First Lieutenant John Wesley Jones (1826-1905) in 1862 for his service commanding the White House Guard. Abraham Lincoln is one of the most revered presidents in US history. His accomplishments include leading the Union Army to victory during the Civil War. Lincoln also issued the Emancipation Proclamation, the precursor to the thirteenth amendment, which ended slavery and indentured servitude in America.
John Wesley Jones worked as a daguerreotypist and documented the California Gold Rush. In 1855, he founded Northwestern Female College in Evanston, IL with his brother. He served with the Curtin Horse Guards who helped pursue Lee's Army after their defeat at Gettysburg. Mr. Jones later held a post in the U.S. Customs Service. He also founded the United States Volunteer Life Saving Corps, a precursor to the United States Coast Guard.
“It is always exciting when such an important previously unknown piece of history is discovered,” says Auctioneer Wayne Tuiskula of Central Mass Auctions. He is pleased that Central Mass Auctions was chosen to offer this rare relic to the public.
More details and photos of the sword as well as other items in their January auction can be found on Central Mass Auctions' website, http://centralmassauctions.com/.
Central Mass Auctions, Inc. has offices in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts. The company conducts live and online estate and antique auctions throughout the Northeast. This private company, established in 2002, is incorporated in Massachusetts. For more information, please visit http://centralmassauctions.com/.
Contact: Wayne Tuiskula, Auctioneer / Appraiser
Phone: (508) 612-6111
SOURCE Central Mass Auctions