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Abraham Lincoln’s gold pen/pencil donated to Springfield museum

SPRINGFIELD — Abraham Lincoln’s 14-karat-gold reversible pen and pencil often used during his White House tenure will be donated Friday to the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

The pen/pencil will be placed in a public display inside the museum after the donation, along with a letter from Robert Lincoln, Lincoln’s son, detailing his desire to play billiards.

“Lincoln lived in that generation in which he died with both a goose quill pen on his desk and a 14-karat-gold reversible pen and pencil,” said James Cornelius, the library’s curator. “That is how far he came as an individual and that is how far the country came in a generation.”

Margaret Tillinghast Porter Davis, from Massachusetts, will donate the items. Her great grandparents, who knew the Lincolns, originally gave her the items. The pen/pencil is the first sold gold item donated to the library.

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