Mary Todd Lincoln’s silver service

This is Mary Todd Lincoln’s silver service, made by the Gorham Silver Company about 1859. It was probably presented to her while she was First Lady. In a letter dated July 19, 1876, to her son Robert Todd Lincoln, she refers to a silver set in his possession that “the citizens of New York” had given her. The service is Gorham coin silver. The pieces have an overall repousse floral and strapwork pattern with the monogram “MTL” on one side and an engraved crest— probably an adaptation of the Todd family crest—on the other side.

Division of Social History, Political History
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Behring Center
Gift of Lincoln Isham