Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United States from March 1861 until his death in April 1865.
Before he left for Washington to become sworn-in as President in 1861, Lincoln and his family lived at 413 South Eighth Street in Springfield, the only home the President ever owned.
These unique fragments of wallpaper come from Abraham and Mary Lincoln's bedroom in their Springfield home.
The Springfield home in which the Lincolns lived was built by Rev. Charles Dresser who married Abraham and Mary in November 1842.
Rev. Dresser sold the home to Lincoln in 1844 for $1500. In the mid 1850s, the home was raised to a full story residence with the Lincolns' bedroom located at the north of the second floor.
Future custodians of the house included Mrs Lincoln's nephew, Albert S. Edwards and his wife Mrs Mary Edwards Brown.
These wallpaper fragments were removed and retained by Mary Edwards Brown.
In 1956 the relics were sold to Dorothy Kunhardt, daughter of Frederick Hill Meserve.
The famous Dorothy Meserve Kunhardt collection of Lincoln memorabilia was sold at auction in 1981.
The largest fragment measures approximately 3" x 2½" and the smallest measures approximately 1"x1".
A unique piece of Lincoln memorabillia.