There was an article in the August 21, 2008, edition of the New York Times, titled, "In a Father's Clutter, Historic Oddities," which should flutter even the coldest of hearts.
A gentleman named John Lattimer, 92, died in May 2007. Dr. Lattimer was a prominent urologist at Columbia University, but more important to the history lovers amongst us, was that he was an avid collector of historical items. Among his collection was the bizarre-- Napoleon's *****!-- yep! Then there's W. C. Field's top hat; Lee Harvey Oswald's Marine Corps target-practice scorebook; and a cyanide capsule that Hermann Goering used to commit suicide, plus a pair of Goering's undershorts, replete with stains (sorry!... I just couldn't resist that one!) Gasp!
But he also had some less grotesque stuff, as well: a pair of Abe Lincoln's eyeglasses, a sleeveless leather jacket worn by John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln's shaving mirror, and the inkwell Lincoln used to write the Emancipation Proclamation! Wow!
Maybe the best for us, however, is George Custer's bearskin coat! Most of these items are going up for auction in the fall.
Hop on it boys and girls. I would pay just to touch Custer's coat.
Best wishes, Fred.
PS-- I just noticed the system used asterisks in place of a perfectly normal anatomical word. Let me expound: "Boney's private part." FCW
Last Edit: Aug 23, 2008 11:18:33 GMT -5 by Deleted
I get your point, but the Custer coat business is real. I just wonder if he had more than one; I wonder about the provenance; I wonder if it is the same one we see in the pictures. Hey, you know, they found Harrington's watch, Reily's ring, McIntosh's buttons... and my sanity.
At least I know you live in Georgia. It is nice to know where good guys live.
Post by thehighwayman on Aug 23, 2008 12:38:00 GMT -5
Hey fred. I wasn't suggesting that the Custer coat was necessarily a sucker deal. Thanks for the kind words.
Custer had more than one buckskin/doeskin coat. I believe that Libby donated one to the West Point museum, which I think is the one we see in the pictures you mention. I'm not at all sure where the others may have gotten off to.
If you're still in New York, maybe you'd want to consider a day trip out to West Point. The coat is under glass but you'd get close. But don't take my word for any of it. Check it out before hand, whether I'm correct in thinking that it's actually there.
One of Custer's buckskin jackets is at LBH, and another is just outside the Hall of First Ladies in the Smithsonian, complete with what appears to be a coffee stain.
Re: Napoleon's *****--I had an unfortunately mentally disturbed relative who was visiting her sister unexpectedly at a summer cottage, while the sister had other guests. The crazy one was in one of her worst phases, dressing funny, talking funny, and generally embarrassing everyone. One night at dinner, there was a lull in the conversation, and the crazy one said brightly, "Did you hear they found Napoleon's *****?" After an embarrassed pause, someone changed the subject. Her sister returned home to a stack of mail, including a Time magazine article stating that "a withered scrap of flesh," removed from Napoleon by his doctor after death, had just been discovered somewhere. It proved to have been the only normal thing she had said all weekend!
The buchskin jacket at West Point belonged to Lt Harrington.
I don't know if it's still there, but when I was there in 1986, there was a museum on the road between Mandan and Ft Lincoln. They had a coat said the be Custer's. The museum in Monroe Mich. had a bearskin coat. It might have been one of those things on loan from Dr Frost that was sold off.