Black top hat with black grosgrain ribbon 1/4 inch wide with bow on left side, and lining of beige striped sateen. Printed in gold on lining: "George Hall, Springfield, Ill." Above which is an eagle with rays, arrows and leaves in claws, with Illinois State motto, "State Sovereignty, National Union", all within a wreath and beneath all, a design resembling bunched spears. Sweat band of black leather, 2 and 3/4 inches wide, laced at back with beige silk cord. Diameter: 6 and 5/8 inches (across) Diameter: 7 and 3/4 inches (across from front to back) Circumference: 22 and 3/8 inches
George Hall, Springfield, Ill."; "State Sovereignty, National Union
Hat reportedly worn by Abraham Lincoln when he left Springfield, Illinois for Washington, D. C. to be inaugurated president. When Lincoln reached New York, he was presented with a new hat by an enterprising hatter to whom he gave this old hat in return.
The top hat reportedly belonged to Lincoln, but when he reached New York City en route to his inauguration, an enterprising hat maker presented him with a new model in exchange for this one.