1863 NAVAL APPOINTMENT, SIGNED BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN AS PRESIDENT
LINCOLN, Abraham. Engraved document signed. Washington: February 21, 1863. Single vellum sheet (13-1/2 by 17 inches), partially printed and finished in a secretarial hand, embossed orange paper seal; floated and framed; entire piece measures 19-1/2 by 23 inches. $17,000.
Splendid Lincoln Civil War document appointing Stephen C. Rowan a Captain in the United States Navy, countersigned by Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, with fragile paper seal present, handsomely framed.
Rowan had one of the longest careers ever in the Navy, serving from 1826 until his final retirement in 1889 at the age of 80, by which time he had achieved the rank of Vice Admiral. He was appointed a Captain in 1863 for gallantry. This commission is handsomely engraved with military vignettes, one of an emblematic eagle and another of sailing images featuring Neptune with his trident.
A bit of wrinkling at the top of the document. A handsome framed appointment signed by Abraham Lincoln.