GAVEL FROM WOOD FOUND ON THE KENTUCKY FARM ON WHICH PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS BORN

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This post-Civil War souvenir is a gavel made from wood found at the Kentucky farm birthplace of Abraham Lincoln.  he farm was referred to as the Knob Creek farm near Athertonville in Larue County, Kentucky and was home to Lincoln until 1816 when his family moved to Spencer, Indiana.   

In very good, strong condition, the gavel was typical of those used at G.A.R. post meetings during the late nineteenth century. Specimen exhibits a 10½” long, lathe-turned, cylindrical oak handle topped with a barrel-shaped wood head 3¼” long and 2” in diameter. Head is tightly secured to the handle. A jeweler-inscribed silver cap is glued to one striking end which reads “From the farm / in / Larue County / Kentucky / on which / Abraham / Lincoln / was born.”  Opposite striking end appears to have had a similar metal cap but it is missing.  All oak wood is excellent with no visible cracks, splits or repairs. Wood is natural in color and wears a light coating of varnish or other type of light colored sealant. 

This wooden gavel souvenir from the Knob Creek, Kentucky farm is a fine bit of Lincoln Americana.   

NOTE: BRIGHT SPOTS ON THE SILVER CAP IS DUE TO REFLECTION OF DIGITAL CAMERA FLASH.

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