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Portable desk, belonging to Abraham Lincoln
Portable desk, belonging to Abraham Lincoln
Resource Typeimage
TitlePortable desk, belonging to Abraham Lincoln
Coverage / Year1840 to 1860; Middle Victorian, Springfield, IL
DescriptionMahogany writing box with brass plate in center of hinged top. Back folds down into flat surface on bottom. Slanted on top for writing. Hinged compartments on both sides, covered with fabric. Several compartments in front, one long with lid, one each inkwell with bottle and one square with circular well and ringed brass circular lid. L 14" x W 8 1/4" x H 4 5/16" cm (closed). L 16 1/2" x W 14" H 3 1/8" to 1 1/2" (open).
InterpretationThis desk belonged to Abraham Lincoln during his residence in Springfield, IL, 1844-1861. Used for conducting business while travelling, such as on the legal circuit and at political rallies.
Lesson Plans / ThemesAmerican Communities in History; Antebellum Society and the Civil War; How we learn about communities
Learning Standards16 History
Author or CreatorUnknown
SourceDonated by Roy W. Ide, Jr., Carbondale, IL
Subject / KeywordsLincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Victorian; Furnishings; Written Communication; Lap Desk; Wooden cabinets
Collection PublisherLincoln Home National Historic Site
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See for more information about this project.
Rights Management Statement
Resource IdentifierLIHO 308
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