1. Material:
  2. mineral (13)

Abraham Lincoln's pen knife

Creator:
J.Y. Cowlishaw
Location:
England, Sheffield
Origin Date:
1855
Materials:
metal, mineral
Measurements:
overall: 5 3/4 in x 1/2 in
Item ID:
71.2009.082.0016
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Three-dimensional Objects

Description

Lincoln's mother-of-pearl and sterling silver pen knife. The knife case is etched with large leaves on the front and two sunbursts on the reverse. A small sterling plate is embedded in the case and is engraved with "A. Lincoln" in script. The blade is engraved with scrollwork and stamped with a hallmark on one side. The hallmark features the profile of the queen, a crown, the letter M, a lion, and the letters JYC. The reverse of the blade is engraved with "A. Dunn [?]." This knife was found inside wallet, 71.2009.082.0003. Part of The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum