After Lincoln was elected to the Presidency, anything associated with him was turned into a souvenir, including this branch from the elm tree he planted in front of his Springfield house that was made into a cane.
Tree branch from Elm tree made into walking cane
Elm, wood. L 97.2, W 13.1 cm
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, LIHO 5399
Tree branch from apple tree made into walking cane with section of branch for support.
Apple wood. L 95, Dia 2.6 cm
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, LIHO 5400
A plain wooden cane was made from a Black Walnut tree on Lincoln’s father, Thomas Lincoln’s farm in Harristown Township near Decatur, IL. It was made as a souvenir in the 1880s.
Black Walnut wood. H 93, Dia 2.5 cm
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, LIHO 7228