Right Hand of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Object Number: 
1939.584
Date: 
1886
Medium: 
Patinated bronze
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 5/8 x 6 1/4 x 5 in. ( 9.2 x 15.9 x 12.7 cm )
Marks: 
inscriptions: end of cast at wrist: "COPYRIGHT 1886 BY LEONARD W. VOLK/ THIS CAST OF THE HAND/ OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN/WAS MADE FROM THE FIRST/REPLICA CAST OF THE ORIGINAL/MADE AT SPRINGFIELD ILL THE/SUNDAY FOLLOWING HIS/NOMINATION TOO THE/PRESIDE/NCY 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.
Bibliography: 
Holzer, Harold and The New-York Historical Society. "The Civil War in 50 Objects." New York: Viking, 2013.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. John V. Irwin
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group