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Creator Role

patentee

Description

The object is a sculpted metal bust of Abraham Lincoln's left-side profile that is enclosed in a circular wooden frame. The bust is mounted on a blue felt-like background and a small American flag appears at the right of the bust. Overall, the object is in fair condition, but has some noticeable damage. The bust has evidence of oxidation, the felt background has deteriorated at the flag site, and the frame's backing piece is broken and removed. The frame backing also features a sticker containing documentary information that is largely unintelligible. A separate envelope was found with the object that contained a slip of paper and four nails.

Contributor

Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams

Approximate Creation Date

1865

Measurement

17 inches (diameter)

Materials and Techniques Display

metal

Inscription

recto, on bust: J. POWELL. F. PATENTED 1865 verso, on frame backer: WYDMAN & CO., / SOLE OWNER OF THE PATENT, / DATED JUNE 13, 1865 / ADDRESS, [?] BOX 2438, / CINCINNATI, O. recto, on slip of paper, handwritten in ink: 4 ORIGINAL NAILS FOR BACKING recto, on slip of paper, typed: J. Powell / Patented 1865

Creation Location

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)

Work Type

bust (figure)

Class

metalwork

Rights

Copyright protected by Mississippi State University Libraries. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required.

ID

4533

Current Location

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)

Repository

Mississippi State University Libraries

Digital Publisher

Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version).

Contact Information

For more information about the contents of this collection, email sp_coll@library.msstate.edu.

Civil War Era Metal Abraham Lincoln Framed Bust

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