Hall Chair

Date:
c. 1840

This chair stood in the front hall of the Lincoln Home for many years next to a matching hat rack. Lincoln gave or sold both in 1861 to the Superintendent of Schools who had an office down the hall from his law office. The upholstery is made up of 31 different velvets in a tumbling block pattern. The Superintendent’s descendants gave both artifacts back to the Lincoln Home.

Description (physical):

Wood, velvet, ceramic. H 112.1 cm, W 42.6 cm, D 38.2 cm

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0004
Institution:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Sofa

Date:
c.1855

The Lincolns purchased a parlor suite of mahogany furniture upholstered in black horsehair fabric in the mid-1850s. They put most of it in storage to use when they returned from the White House. Lincoln stretched out on this long sofa to read or think about his next law case. Upholstered sofa with wooden crest rail, open scroll carved at midpoint, narrow arms, casters.

Description (physical):

Mahogany veneer, wood, horsehair. H 97.2 cm, W 219.6 cm, D 67 cm

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0003
Institution:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Empire Style Wardrobe

Date:
c. 1845

A wardrobe was essential to hold clothing and other personal articles since it was not customary to have closets in homes in the mid-1800s. Mr. Lincoln used this walnut wardrobe in his bedroom. He sold it at the 1861 moving sale held shortly before leaving for Washington.

Description (physical):

Wood. H 211 cm, W 158 cm, D 62.5 cm

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0002
Institution:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Wood Stove

Date:
1860

The Lincolns bought this stove in June 1860 from Eli Kreigh’s store in Springfield. It is said that Mrs. Lincoln was so happy with the way the stove worked she wanted to take it to Washington with her. Mr. Lincoln convinced her to leave it behind.

Description (physical):

Cast iron. H 68 cm, W 82 cm, D 113 cm (minus stove pipe)

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0015
Institution:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site