[Lincoln Assassination] Piece of Blood-stained Sheet From Lincoln's Bed.
Charles K. Tuckerman, the first American minister to Greece was in Washington at the time of Lincoln's assassination and obtained a blood-stained portion of the sheet from the bed upon which Lincoln lay. This was discovered in Tuckerman's papers with a note in his hand reading, "Relic from the death bed of Abraham Lincoln. stained with his blood. Taken from his death chamber. C.K.T." In a letter of June 2, 1961, renowned autograph dealer Mary Benjamin, who fell heir to handling Tuckerman's papers, states "It is a piece of the linen sheet taken from Lincoln's death bed in the Peterson House (across from Ford's Theatre)…It came to me with the Tuckerman papers….it was included in an album of his letters, bearing his authentication…I had no reason to question or doubt it in any way." Inevitably the piece of cloth was divided into smaller pieces, thus permitting more to own this unbelievable piece of history. This is a piece 19mm square. For full provenance, it is accompanied by a color copy of the larger piece with Tuckerman's note and a copy of Mary Benjamin's letter regarding its authenticity. Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,800