The Baltimore Art, Antique and Jewelry show rolls into the Baltimore Convention Center this weekend with some rare finds. Overall, 400 exhibitors will be onhand to show what their American (and international) picking has yielded from Thursday-Sunday. New this year is a Fine Craft section to go along with works of art, rare manuscripts, antiquities and, of course, estate jewelry.
One of the big highlights is an old pocketwatch being displayed by Gotta Have It Collectibles Inc. (Booth 1418) That probably sounds like a fairly pedestrian find, more on par with grandpa’s dresser than such a rarified affair. But this one has presidential provenance. According to Artfix Daily, Abraham Lincoln purchased the watch in 1841 prior to marrying Mary Todd Lincoln. On their planned wedding day, the couple argued and called off the wedding, meaning the time wasn’t right for the watch to be turned over. Lincoln and Mary Todd eventually exchanged nuptials, but she never received the watch. The future 16th president gave it to another friend in the meantime, but the engraving shows who it was truly meant for: “To Miss Mary Todd from A.L. 1841.” While it’s on sale at the show, most show goers will probably just be looking. The price is listed at $175,000.
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