Brooch

Date:
1840-1880

Most of Mary Lincoln’s clothes have not survived to present day. This pin was originally a button on one of her dresses that she gave to one of her nieces. Her niece saved one button, which she had made into this brooch.

Description (physical):

Onyx, gold. Dia 1.9 cm, D .6 cm

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0017
Institution:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Nightcap

Date:
1840-1860
Creator:
Mary Todd Lincoln

Mary used this plain cotton cap that she made herself, and later gave to the hired girl. Ladies wore nightcaps to bed to protect against drafts and keep long hair in place.

Description (physical):

Cotton. L 107, W 31 cm (with ties)

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0016
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

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

Secretary

Date:
c. 1845

Mary Lincoln’s brother-in-law, Ninian Wirt Edwards, gave this to Abraham Lincoln. It is mentioned in newspaper accounts and appears in photographs and drawings of the rooms. It held a wide variety of books since Lincoln often met with law clients in the Back Parlor where this secretary stands. Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln also retired to this room to read Shakespeare, Dickens and the poetry of Robert Burns.

Description (physical):

Walnut, wood, glass, felt. H 210 cm, W 133 cm, D 57.5 cm

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0005
Institution:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site