Wall Mirror

Date:
c. 1845

Mr. Lincoln was clean-shaven while living in Springfield. He used this ornate but small mirror to shave every morning. Shortly before the 1860 election, he received a letter from an eleven year-old girl suggesting that if he would grow a beard it would make him look better and then ladies could tease their husbands into voting for him. He waited until after the election before taking her suggestion and met the girl on his way to Washington.

Description (physical):

Wood, glass. H 73 cm, W 39 cm, D 15.8 cm

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0001
Institution:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Relish Dish

Date:
c.1855

This pressed glass dish may have been used by Mary Lincoln to serve small items such as nuts or pickles. The pattern on this dish is called “Hobnail” for it’s resemblance to medieval hobnail patterning used on wood furniture.

Description (physical):

Glass. H 4 cm, W 21 cm, D 14.5 cm

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0014
Institution:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Dinner Plate

Date:
c. 1840

This simply decorated plate may have been used by the Lincolns. Similarly patterned items were found in the archeological artifacts that were unearthed in the Lincolns' backyard.

Description (physical):

Ceramic. H 2.7 cm, Dia 24.1 cm

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0013
Institution:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Carte-de-visite of Lincoln's Bed

Date:
c. 1865

Bedroom image with large bed on small card, table in front with basket and books. Mismarked as Lincoln’s death bed, this image of Lincoln’s bed matches the bed seen in LIHO 10360. Several other items, including a sewing basket belonging to Mary Lincoln, and books known to belong to the Lincolns are on the table in front of the bed. The basket and books are in the Lincoln Home collection.

Description (physical):

Paper, cardboard. H 6.2 cm, W 10.2 cm

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0012
Institution:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Stereograph Of A Silver Serving Set On A Round Table.

Date:
c. 1865

Stereographs of famous places and things were popular in the mid-to-late 1800s, including items associated with the Lincoln family. According to the note on the stereograph, this silver serving set was presented to Lincoln before his first nomination in 1860. It appears to be on a table in the sitting room or dining room.

Description (physical):

Paper, cardboard. H 8.4 cm, W 17.1 cm

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0011
Institution:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Stereograph Of A Mirrored Dresser With Small Chair On The Side

Date:
c. 1865

Stereographs of famous places and things were popular in the mid-to-late 1800s, including items associated with the Lincoln family. A dresser topped with a mirror and several side chairs were situated in the guest room. The Lincolns installed the Venetian blinds in the window.

Description (physical):

Paper. H 8. 1, W 17 cm

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0010
Institution:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Key

Date:
1840-1860

Found in the Lincoln Home backyard in 1951, this skeleton key works in the locks of the original door hardware inside the house.

Description (physical):

Iron. L 10.2 cm, W 2 cm

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0009
Institution:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Parian Ware Bust Of Robert Burns

Date:
1845-1855

Lincoln’s favorite poet was Robert Burns. He often quoted lines from a poem to friends. The bust sits on a whatnot in the Front Parlor in tribute to that admiration.

Description (physical):

Fired, unglazed porcelain. H 20.3 cm, W 13, D 8 cm

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0008
Institution:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Newspaper Depicting The Lincolns’ Front Parlor

Date:
March 9, 1861

Shortly after Lincoln was nominated for the presidency, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper sent an artist to draw several rooms in Lincoln’s home to help readers learn more about the Lincolns. The pictures were very useful when the National Park Service restored the house to determine what objects had been in the rooms when the Lincolns lived there.

Description (physical):

Paper. H 27.2 cm, W 39.8 cm

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0007
Institution:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Harper’s Weekly Newspaper Showing The Lincoln Home With The Tilton Kitchen

Date:
November 26, 1864

Interest in the Lincolns’ home increased after Mr. Lincoln became President. Harper’s Weekly newspaper published this image of the Lincoln home in 1864. A small addition off the back of the house was added by the Tilton family, the renters who had written to Mr. Lincoln for permission to add on to the kitchen.

Description (physical):

Paper. H 27 cm, W 40.2 cm

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0006
Institution:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site