Mary Lincoln's Mourning Scarf Pin

This gold pin with an image of Abraham Lincoln was among Mary Lincoln’s possessions when she died.
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
Object Type
associated person
Lincoln, Mary Todd
depicted (sitter)
Lincoln, Abraham
Physical Description
gold (overall material)
overall: 3 1/2 in; 8.89 cm
head: 1 1/8 in x 1 1/4 in; 2.8575 cm x 3.175 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, General History 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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