Of the many animal natural history specimens sent to Jefferson by Lewis and Clark, only one is extant: the elk antlers now in the Entrance Hall at Monticello, listed on Lewis's invoice as "1 large par [sic] of Elk's horn connect by the frontal bone."1 These antlers probably came from one of the fifty elk the expedition members killed over the winter of 1804-1805 in the Fort Mandan area.2 After display at the President's House over the winter, the antlers came to Monticello in March 1806, with various other items from Lewis and Clark's 1805 shipment.3 Descriptions left by visitors in Jefferson's lifetime place the antlers on the walls of the Entrance Hall beside those of a moose and deer.
|Created||sent to Monticello in 1805|
|Object Type||Natural History Specimens|
|Dimensions||29 5/8 in. (tip to tip)|