Armchair, Owned by Mary Todd Lincoln, 1845-1865

Belter, John Henry, 1804-18631845/1865

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI, United States

In 1866, Mary Todd Lincoln purchased a Rococo Revival style parlor set for her Chicago, Illinois home. This exuberantly carved chair, part of the set, contrasted with the simpler, middle-class furniture the Lincolns had used in their pre-Civil War Springfield home. Mrs. Lincoln, suffering from the tragic loss of her husband and in economic distress, would sell this set a few years later.


  • Title: Armchair, Owned by Mary Todd Lincoln, 1845-1865
  • Creator: Belter, John Henry, 1804-1863
  • Date Created: 1845/1865
  • Location: United States, Illinois, Chicago
  • Subject Keywords: Lincoln, Mary Todd, 1818-1882, Tobey & Company, Armchairs, Chairs, Parlor chairs, Furniture
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: http://collections.thehenryford.org/Collection.aspx?objectKey=63337
  • Object Name: Armchair
  • Object ID: 27.56.3
  • Image ID: THF81935
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.


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