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    [Lincoln Deathbed Relic] Oblong "Fragment of pillow slip stained with blood of Abraham Lincoln", 4.5" x 2". A piece of finely-woven fabric bearing rather extensive brownish stains. The quoted identification is written in ink on an old envelope that accompanies the fragment, and which bears on verso the penciled name of an earlier owner, "Mrs. A. Farber, 4219 Regent St." Of all the macabre souvenirs of Lincoln's assassination few were more coveted than his "blood relics", and the most available of these were his deathbed pillowcases. Dr. Robert K. Stone spent most of the night holding Lincoln's head so that his wound could bleed freely, and the pillowcases had to be continually changed as each became saturated. Immediately divided for souvenirs (and subdivided since), none is known to have survived intact. A somber and evocative piece.

    Provenance:
    Sotheby's, New York, sale of 2-3 December 1981, lot 527.


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    November, 2008
    20th Thursday
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