1. Creator/Author:
  2. Lorenz Waldhauser (1)

Abraham Lincoln Figurine

Creator:
Lorenz Waldhauser
Location:
Virginia, Fairfax County, Fort Lyon
Origin Date:
1863
Materials:
wood
Measurements:
overall: 8 1/2 in x 9 in x 5 3/4 in
Item ID:
71.2009.081.0828
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Fine Art

Description

The figurine associated with President Abraham Lincoln is carved from wood, standing on three feet with a somewhat pyramidal shape. At the top of the figure, is a seated female figure, representative of Liberty. She is crowned and bare-breasted with fabric draped over her midriff and lap. Her right arm rests on top of a cannon barrel that points forward at an angle to the viewer's left. In her left hand, she holds a document that is inscribed with, "Constitution and the Laws." To the PL of the document, there is a shield, emblazoned with a single star and the initials, A.L. An eagle peeks around Liberty's left shoulder and is fully detailed in the back. Below Liberty is a section that looks like tree foliage. Below this, in the center, is the face of a man, clean shaven and mouth open, with long hair. His left arm, the only other visible part of the man's body reaches out to grab the PFL leg of the figure. On this leg is also a carved set of chains and a serpent. On the PFR leg, another male figure is climbing toward the center of the figure. On the back of the figure at large, is a smoothed section that is inscribed with, "Lorenz Waldhauser 1863 Fort Lyon." For more information on this piece see "Lincoln Lore" Number 1585, March 1970, page 2. Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum