Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Relic wallpaper from the room in the Petersen House, Washington, D.C., where Abraham Lincoln died.

    Abraham Lincoln: Peterson House Wallpaper. An ornately patterned and bordered strip of wallpaper, approximately 2" x 11", together with the envelope in which its original owner kept it. The envelope bears an illustrated corner card of Willard's Hotel, Washington, and an inked note describing the fragment as "Relic of wall paper (from Mrs. Col. Olyrood [sic; Oldroyd] custodian) from home where Lincoln died - and from death room - at bottom of & to the left of door as one enters from hall way. 2:30 P.M. Octo 12th 1894". Adhesive residue on verso of multi-colored wallpaper; has two folds. Near fine.

    Osborn H. Oldroyd, a pioneer Lincoln collector, had been resident custodian of Lincoln's Springfield home until he earned the displeasure of Robert Todd Lincoln by displaying a photo of John Wilkes Booth, among other offenses. Oldroyd eventually settled in the Petersen House, opening it for tourists at any time of day or night for 25 cents (relics included, apparently). Both the house and his collection were eventually acquired by the federal government.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2009
    13th-14th Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 17
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 2,021

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 34 days left to consign to the 2020 May 22 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage has gone above and beyond my expectations in handling all of my transactions in a thoroughly professional manner. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone worldwide for the exemplary auction and valuation services they provide.
    Richard H.,
    Corsicana, TX
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2020 February 22 - 23 Americana & Political Signature Auction - Dallas
    2020 February 22 - 23 Americana & Political Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $2,356,633