Washstand Used in Abraham Lincoln's Springfield, Illinois Home, 1840-1860

Summary

Mary Todd Lincoln selected this simple washstand for use in her Springfield, Illinois home. The Museum owns a matching wardrobe. Both pieces are good examples of the taste of the Lincolns in their early married life. Both are decorated with pointed arches in each door panels, identifying them as basic versions of the Gothic Revival style, popular in the early 19th century

Mary Todd Lincoln selected this simple washstand for use in her Springfield, Illinois home. The Museum owns a matching wardrobe. Both pieces are good examples of the taste of the Lincolns in their early married life. Both are decorated with pointed arches in each door panels, identifying them as basic versions of the Gothic Revival style, popular in the early 19th century

Artifact

Washstand

Date Made

1840-1860

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

30.878.17

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Mahogany (Wood)
Pine (Wood)
Veneer

Technique

Carving (Processes)

Color

Brown

Dimensions

Height: 33 in

Width: 34.5 in

Length: 15 in  (depth)

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