Clipped fragment of the dress worn by Laura Keene on the night of the assassination. It clearly bears two spots of Lincoln’s blood. These stains occurred while Keene cradled Lincoln’s head in her lap. The weave and design conform to a bloody costume cutting at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
It is accompanied by a note, signed by Laura Keene, to an unnamed gentleman a little over a month after the fateful night at Ford’s Theatre, sending a blood splattered fragment of her costume as he had request). In full: “I accede to your request. / Very truly yours / Laura Keene / New York / May 20th 1865.” Other items include a copy of Our American Cousin, as well as related photographs and an eyewitness account.
The whole has been placed into a sumptuous leather clamshell presentation case, especially constructed to house this historical collection.
(Lincoln Assassination) Laura Keene Bloody Costume Relic. 1.625″ x 0.5″.
Keene, Laura. Autograph Note Signed. New York, May 20, 1865. 1p.; 5″ x 4.75″; (sight); matted to 14″ x 11″ (overall). In full:
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