Incredible Lincoln assassination collection featuring 2 GENUINE RELICS of the legendary martyred 16th President of the United States, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, with accompanying COAs and provenance, including:
1. AUTHENTIC DEATHBED GAUZE BANDAGE fragment (appx. 0.5" x 0.5") applied to the dying President, and featuring "dark colored spotting reminiscent of blood"
2. AUTHENTIC STRAND OF LINCOLN'S HAIR obtained from Lincoln one month before the assassination
DEATHBED BANDAGE: On the night of April 14, 1865, the mortally wounded President Lincoln was carried to a back bedroom at the Person House, dying there early in the morning of April 15th. The fragment of gauze bandage was used in the care of Lincoln showing "dark-colored spotting reminiscent of blood." The bandage fragment originated from the Herman Rudd Collection in Buffalo, NY and was previously in the collection of the Holland Purchase Historical Society where they have another piece presently matching this example.
HAIR STRAND: The hair strand originated from a lock of Lincoln's hair sold at Christie's in 2002 from the famous Forbes Collection. It was a common Victorian pastime to collect clipped lengths of hair from family members and friends. This particular strand originates from Caroline Wright, wife of the Republican Governor of Indiana. The Wrights were friendly with the Lincolns and in Washington at the time of Lincoln's 1865 Inauguration. It appears likely that Mrs. Wright collected the hair of the President, First Lady and other political notables in February or March 1865, one month prior to the assassination.
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Own a remarkable piece of American history! An amazing gift for the Presidential collector, Lincoln devotee, autograph enthusiast, or History buff.
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