Left hand of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Object Number: 
1949.250
Date: 
1886
Medium: 
Patinated bronze
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 x 6 3/4 x 4 1/4 in. ( 7.6 x 17.1 x 10.8 cm )
Marks: 
inscriptions: "COPYRIGHT 1886 BY LEONARD W. VOLK/THIS CAST OF THE HAND/OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS/ MADE FROM THE FIRST REPLICA OF THE ORIGINAL MADE AT SPRING/FIELD THE SUNDAY FOLLOWING/HIS NOMINATION TO THE/PRESIDENCY/IN 1860"
Description: 
Life cast
Gallery Label: 
In mid-May, 1860, sculptor Leonard Volk traveled to Springfield, Illinois to execute casts of the presidential candidate's hands for his full-length statue. Lincoln held a portion of a broom handle in his right hand to allow Volk to depict him holding a rolled document or other item in the finished statue. Volk noted that Lincoln's right hand was severely swollen from constant handshaking on the campaign trail. He also commented on the scar on Lincoln's left thumb, a vestige of his days as a rail-splitter.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Rodman Gilder
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group