It has not been on display since 2011 and will be only for a short time this spring.
In 1865, Abraham Lincoln ordered an overcoat for his second inauguration from the clothing company Brooks Brothers.
Brooks Brothers, founded in 1818, is an American institution - a ready-made clothing manufacturer located in New York. The company was a key player in the uniform business of the civil war. Situated in the heart of the city, the building was nearly destroyed during the earlier draft riots.
Lincoln was a frequent customer of Brooks Brothers and in honor of his second inauguration, and as a promotion for the store, they made him a very special, elaborate overcoat. The coat was displayed in the Brooks Brothers store window as advertisement before finally being presented to Mr. Lincoln.
The spectacular overcoat is a double-breasted coat made of the fine wool with silk edging around the outside of the collar, cuffs and pockets. Almost the entire inside of the coat is hand-quilted.
The right and left interior front panels feature the design of an eagle symbol holding two streamers with the words “One Country, One Destiny”.