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Lincoln’s rocking chairs sell for $26K

This set of Lincoln rocking chairs owned and used by President Abraham Lincoln during the time of his election as president, sold for $26,121 at Nate D. Sanders auction.

LOS ANGELES – Abraham Lincoln’s personal rocking chairs from his Springfield, Ill., home prior to his election as president were sold by Nate D. Sanders auctions Jan. 30, 2014, for $26,121, including the buyer’s premium.

The rocking chairs were used in Lincoln’s Springfield, Illinois, residence until he was elected President in 1860. The Lincolns lived in the Greek revival house for 17 years. Lincoln gave the chairs to a Miss Olmstedt, a Springfield resident and an intimate friend of

Lincoln rocking chairs

This pair of rocking chairs from President Lincoln's residence in Ill. sold for $26,121 recently. (Photo courtesy Nate D. Sanders)

the Lincolns. The chairs are in good condition and display an elegance that befits their original owner.

The provenance of the chairs is supported by handwritten letters from previous owners. (See additional photos and historical information at Nate D. Sanders’ website:

Also featured in the auction is Lincoln’s personally owned glass decanter featuring a Greek key motif and faceted stopper. This beautiful, cut glass decanter was purchased at Mary Todd Lincoln’s 1867 auction where she was forced to sell her jewelry, dresses and husband’s possessions to pay off debts. The Chicago Tribune featured an ad on June 11, 1867 displaying the estate auction. News accounts described the sales as “sordid.”

Nate D. Sanders Auctions is an industry leader in auctioning documents and autographs. The firm’s current online historical and autograph sale closes at 5 p.m. (Pacific) on Thursday, February 27.

For more information, and to view current and past auction lots, visit or contact (310) 440-2982.


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