[P]Resident U.S. America
Well you'd hope it was an authentic autograph but did he ever misspell his name?
And the office?
An authentic Lincoln signature in an autograph book.
See more about that signature here:
This Turkey red signature quilt from the Snyder family
belongs to the
Historic Huguenot Street Museum in
New Paltz, New York
SUNY student Ashley Trainor did a genealogical project to date the quilt, which has 63 Ulster County signatures on it. There are also three famous names:
"Abraham Lincon," “Mrs. Abraham Lincoln,” and “Gen. U.S. Grant”
Using marriage, birth, and death dates, plus the famous names, she has come up with the date 1865-1866, consistent with the date on the Lincoln block.
You can't see many details but the print in the Lincoln block looks consistent with that date. Signature quilts were quite popular after 1841 and this "Chimney Sweep" pattern was extremely popular, particularly in New York, from the 1840s until about 1920, so it isn't much help in assigning a date. Do scroll down to last week's post to see it used in a Wisconsin Civil War quilt.
Borders are always a weak clue, but a clue nevertheless, and those multiple strip borders indicate a date after 1875 or so. Perhaps the blocks were put together and quilted later.
See Ashley's blog post on the quilt at the Museum blog: