Leonard Wells Volk (1828-1895)
Cast of Abraham Lincoln's right hand.
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Gift of Alfred Whital Stern, 1953 (51.6)
Shortly after Lincoln was nominated for the presidency, Chicago
sculptor Leonard Volk cast the nominee's hands at the Lincoln home
in Springfield, Illinois. Lincoln's right hand had become swollen
after shaking the hands of countless well-wishers in his hometown.
When Volk suggested that his subject hold something, Lincoln sawed
off a portion of a broom stick, which is visible in the casting.