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Brooch
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, Illinois
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...
Carte-de-visite of Lincoln's Bed
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, Illinois
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...
Dinner Plate
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, Illinois
This simply decorated plate may have been used by the Lincolns. Similarly patterned items were found in the archeological artifacts that were...
Empire Style Wardrobe
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, Illinois
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....
Godey’s Lady’s Book
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, Illinois
For ladies living away from major cities, Godey’s Lady’s Book with colored illustrations provided recipes, advice, literature and, most importantly,...
Hall Chair
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, Illinois
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...
Harper’s Weekly Newspaper Showing The Lincoln Home With The...
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, Illinois
Interest in the Lincolns’ home increased after Mr. Lincoln became President. Harper’s Weekly newspaper published this image of the Lincoln home in...
Key
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, Illinois
Found in the Lincoln Home backyard in 1951, this skeleton key works in the locks of the original door hardware inside the house.
Newspaper Depicting The Lincolns’ Front Parlor
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, Illinois
Shortly after Lincoln was nominated for the presidency, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper sent an artist to draw several rooms in Lincoln’s home...
Nightcap
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, Illinois
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...
Parian Ware Bust Of Robert Burns
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, Illinois
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...
Queens Of England
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, Illinois
The Lincolns were found of reading, especially biographies. Mrs. Lincoln signed the book, “Mary Lincoln 1860” but the copyright in the book is 1861...
Relish Dish
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, Illinois
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...
Rocking Chair
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, Illinois
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.
Secretary
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, Illinois
Mary Lincoln’s brother-in-law, Ninian Wirt Edwards, gave this to Abraham Lincoln. It is mentioned in newspaper accounts and appears in photographs...
Sofa
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, Illinois
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...
Stereograph Of A Mirrored Dresser With Small Chair On The...
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, Illinois
Stereographs of famous places and things were popular in the mid-to-late 1800s, including items associated with the Lincoln family. A dresser topped...
Stereograph Of A Silver Serving Set On A Round Table.
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, Illinois
Stereographs of famous places and things were popular in the mid-to-late 1800s, including items associated with the Lincoln family. According to the...
Wall Mirror
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, Illinois
Mr. Lincoln was clean-shaven while living in Springfield. He used this ornate but small mirror to shave every morning. Shortly before the 1860...
Wood Stove
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, Illinois
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...
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