Sword Stolen from Lincoln’s Tomb Replaced

A sword from a statue on Abraham Lincoln’s tomb that had gone missing was replaced today . When it was stolen back in November, police assumed was someone had taken it to get cash for the copper.

But a local juvenile eventually led cops to the sword. The boy told authorities he was climbing on a statue when the sword broke off, and split into two pieces.

Instead of repairing the sword, the state chose Chicago sculptor Marshall Svendsen to create a new one.  He says having the old pieces to work with was important.

MARSHALL SVENDSEN: “Thankfully they were recovered because it bad this process more, the end product is more authentic, because a direct mold was taken off the recovered parts.”

Sculpting firms from all over the country offered to make the replacement for free, but Svendsen was the only one from Illinois. The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency says the pieces of the old sword will be kept and possibly exhibited in the future.

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