– Well, obviously, all we got
here is a chair. JERRY: It’s a chair. One of the most famous
chairs you’ll ever see. Oh, really? JERRY: Abraham Lincoln
sat on it while he was in the White House. OK. I’m sure he sat in
a lot of chairs. JERRY: It comes from a set of
chairs that was in the White House while he was president. I’m asking $2,000
for the chair, that’s the lowest amount
of money and I’m willing to take for the chair. MAN: That is really neat. This was in the White House? JERRY: It was in the
formal dining room. MAN: OK. That’s pretty interesting. I mean, you don’t
think about it now, but the furniture was
a big deal back then. It was really, really expensive. JERRY: It was. MAN: The things people– you know, well off people did–
they spent money on furniture and silverware and luxury
items around the house because there was
no TV at night, so people entertained
every night. So those things
were very important. JERRY: Right. MAN: Presidential memorabilia
sells for good money. But Abraham Lincoln,
that’s some money. So if we can actually tie
this chair to Abraham Lincoln, there is value here– serious value. You’ve got
documentation for this? JERRY: Yes, sir.
MAN: What do you have? JERRY: One letter is from
the White House telling the individuals that
they didn’t want the chairs there because
they had too much furniture. But then I have the original
newspaper clipping where Robert Todd Lincoln
donated them to a girls’ school up in Vermont. MAN: OK. Do you have any other
proof that it’s his or– No. MAN: OK. How much were were you
looking to get out of it? $2,000. MAN: $2,000? Doesn’t sound out of the
realm of possibility. But my problem is
your paperwork. Do you mind if I call someone
to take a look at them? He runs the Clark County
Museum system here. He’s an amazing historian. And he could probably tell
me everything about them. JERRY: I have no
problem with that. I’m welcoming the
fact for somebody to come and look at the chair. Any expert that they want
to bring in, bring them on. MAN: I really want this to
be Abraham Lincoln’s chair, but I’m a little concerned
over his paperwork. So I called him my friend
Mark to look at this thing. There’s a possibility
that Abraham Lincoln’s butt touched this thing. [laughter] MARK: There are high points in
every chair’s life, I guess. When you’re dealing
with presidents of the United States,
nobody has a bigger name than Abraham Lincoln. Anything related to Abraham
Lincoln is hugely popular. So do you have any paperwork
that goes along with this? JERRY: Yes. I have this over here. Let’s take a look here. Oh, OK. That’s a well-known photograph. This is one of Matthew Brady’s
photographs of Lincoln. It shows this decorative
element right here on the side. And so when you look at this,
you see this decorative element is not the same as this one. So obviously, this
chair isn’t this chair. Now, the interesting
thing is the chair that’s in this photo is one
that Matthew Brady owned, not one that Lincoln owned. Had this been a
match to this, it would have been highly unlikely
it was ever in the White House. Now, I tried to pull up
every interior either drawing or photograph from the
Lincoln period that I can find and I didn’t find this
chair in any of them. What I couldn’t find is
any photographic proof or drawing proof. As I read this, we don’t
have anything from Lincoln or from the White House. The time period is
right on the chairs, but there’s not enough for me
to say that these are ones that were used in the White House. – Thanks.
– Sorry about that. Thanks, man. And thank you, and
very interesting to see. Thanks a lot.
– Thank you. Appreciate it. MARK: You need to have
something that actually shows ownership by Abraham Lincoln. It’s not going to be easy. But if he can do that, he’s
got a really wonderful piece. MAN: Well, if I buy
something off a customer, I got to resell it. When I resell it, it’s got to be
beyond a reasonable doubt what I’m selling is what I’m selling. It’s just the way I do business. But this point, I can’t
make you an offer. So thanks for coming in,
but I just can’t do it. Thanks for looking at it. No problem. JERRY: You expect these things. Everything can’t be
what you want it to be. But I believe I brought
in enough evidence here to prove that this chair
is from the White House.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Photo shows Lincoln sitting on a chair with arm rests. Chair the guy brought in has no arm rests.

    Historian points out small detail that doesnt match up proving it's not the same chair🤦‍♂️

  2. I have some Mac and cheese I ate from earlier today

    Rick- Let me call someone in to check it


  3. Right off the bat, For a chair that old, It looks too good of shape and reupholstered. Even not used, things like paper and cloth, decay with age.

  4. "Everything can't be what you want it to be. But I believe I brought in enough evidence here to prove this chair is from the White House" – the problem with America today. He wants it to be something so he believes he has proven something when, in fact he's proven absolutely nothing. This is called alternative facts people, definitely something the White House is great at today for sure.

  5. I jus found a picture of abraham lincoln standing next to this same exact style chair in the white house from a quick google search loll

  6. Rick negotiating with kidnappers for his sons life:

    Rick: “Best I can do is $1” & even then I’m taking a risk”

  7. "when your dealing with presidents of the United States there is no bigger name than Abraham Lincoln", or something like that

  8. Seller: I can solve all the world's problems for 5 bucks. Rick: best I can do 5 cents and I'm taking a huge risk here cause I gotta resell it and it takes time

  9. Probably stole it out of the white house and knew it was Abraham Lincolns chair but was about too admit that

  10. Kidnapper: I have your son and I’m holding him for ransom, I want 25k.

    Rick: I can do 20 and I’m taking a big risk here

    Kidnapper: But it’s your son?!?

    Rick: the first rule of negotiating is learn to walk away if the price isn’t right.

  11. None of them got it right. Turn the chair upside down, as Abe signed the chair himself. I know, as I’ve done that myself.

  12. He called in an expert on spot.. But he already tried to find a bunch of pics from lincoln time? Hmmm fishy

  13. I agree with so many comments…it's hilarious that NOBODY mentioned the armrest….only say its not the same chair….lol

  14. Anyone with half a brain can tell this isnt a 150 year old chair. The fabric on the cushion is only slightly worn. If you compare it to the chair that lincoln sat on at fords theatre when he got shot, its cushion is very worn out as you would expect from a chair that old

  15. Let me call a historian buddy that is a expert on sniffing cushions if it smells like apples and corn cakes I can make you a offer

  16. $20,000.00 in 1861 was enough to build the typical frontier town. Give or take an out house. Yeesh!!! And still she went over budget.

  17. This was heading down a bad road starting with the 2,000 asking price…for a Lincoln chair.If he was trying to scam them, hes not very good at it.

  18. Me: walks into pawn shop
    Rick: so what do you have here?
    Me: yea I have a penny that actually has Abraham Lincolns face on it, I’m looking for about 5 grand for it.
    Rick: the most I could do is one cent and that’s a stretch

  19. Plus in the photo IT'S show armrests on the chair that the president laying his arms on this chair doesn't have the arms sorry its not the right chair

  20. You didnt need to be any expert to know that was not the same chair you just need either one or preferably two working eyes!

  21. Truth be told , even though it wasn't his chair . Being from the period it was probably still worth $2,000 had it been proven Lincoln owned it , it would've been worth 20 or 40xs that . ..

  22. I like how mary todd was given $20,000 (which was about $618,243 in todays money) and somehow she still over over budget costing Lincoln over two hundred grand which is crazy since i have no idea how you spend that much money just redecorate the white house

  23. That laugh at 3:15 is a scammers way of saying you got me. Never get tired of that laugh/smirk from scammers when you call em out.

  24. I have a handful of dirt that George Washington stepped on once. I have paperwork showing him stepping on some sand. I want $5k for it.

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