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

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

Godey’s Lady’s Book

Date:
1861

For ladies living away from major cities, Godey’s Lady’s Book with colored illustrations provided recipes, advice, literature and, most importantly, the latest fashions. Mary was probably a devoted subscriber.

Description (physical):

Paper, leather. H 24.2 cm, W 16 cm, D 4.5 cm

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0018
Institution:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Queens Of England

Date:
1861

The Lincolns were found of reading, especially biographies. Mrs. Lincoln signed the book, “Mary Lincoln 1860” but the copyright in the book is 1861. Perhaps this was an advanced copy from an admirer. Mrs. Lincoln later compared herself to another famous widow at the time, Queen Victoria. The Queen sent her a warm letter of condolence after Lincoln’s death.

Description (physical):

Paper, leather. H 27.1 cm, W 19.8 cm, D 4 cm

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0019
Institution:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Rocking Chair

Date:
c. 1845

Mary Lincoln may have used this comfortable rocker to rock her babies to sleep or to rest for a few minutes in the kitchen between chores.

Description (physical):

Wood, rush. H 89.5 cm, W 44 cm, D 70 cm

Location:
426 S. 7th St.Springfield,Illinois 62701
Identifier:
2010.0001.0020
Institution:
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Chest

It is believed that this small chest belonged to Cairo Seaman, H. R. Brown.

Description (physical):

Wood, metal. L 26.7, W 16.5, H 16.5, Wood Th 1.1 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0050
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park