This Abraham Lincoln figural light bulb is a fantastic find! It's 3-1/2" long and is free of chips or cracks in the clear glass. As you can see, most of the original paint is still there.
see original eBay listing
(the seller has included lots of other photos at different angles)
With 6 days to go in the eBay listing, it's at $67. [Update: the auction ended on November 27, 2010. Nine bidders engaged in vigorous bidding, with the final price hitting $1,075.]
The earliest figural lights were made in Europe (primarily Austria and Germany) and imported to the United States. Similar looking Christmas figural light bulbs were advertised and sold by General Electric in 1910. Interestly, there is no evidence that these lights were actually made by General Electric!
The Abraham Lincoln light bulb listed on eBay seems to be in better condition that the Lincoln figural light bulb shown on the front cover of The History of the Christmas Figural Light Bulb by Robert Iwamasa and Patrick Fay.
This book shows the Abraham Lincoln bulb, along with bulbs depicting Miss Liberty, Uncle Sam, and even Punch and Judy, from the Boggis-Johnson advertising list.
Mr. Lincoln is also shown in the book as an example of a MAZDA tube figural light. Iwamasa and Fay explain: "Tube figural lights were made from pre-painted, hand-blown glass shells. The manufacturer took the painted glass shells and inserted their own tubular shaped light bulbs."