Mary Lincoln's Mourning Watch

Mary Lincoln used this black onyx lapel watch as her personal timepiece for the remainder of her life.
Mary Lincoln never overcame the tragedies she endured. She came out of mourning on only one occasion, at the request of her son Tad for one of his birthdays. The two were almost inseparable until his death, possibly from tuberculosis, in 1871 at age 18. In 1882, at age 63, Mary died in Springfield, Illinois, at the home of her sister.
Gift of Lincoln Isham, great-grandson of Abraham Lincoln, 1958
Currently not on view
Object Name
lapel watch
watch chain
associated person
Lincoln, Mary Todd
Physical Description
black (overall color)
onyx (overall material)
overall: 4 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in; 11.43 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Government, Politics, and Reform
Clothing & Accessories
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
See more items in
Political History: Political History, White House/First Ladies Collection
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Rubenstein, Harry R.. Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

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