Life mask and hands of Abraham Lincoln
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[ This description is from the project: MHS 225th Anniversary ]
Leonard Wells Volk made plaster casts of Abraham Lincoln's face and hands in 1860. These bronze pieces, cast from Volk's casts by Truman H. Bartlett about 15 years later, show a scar on Lincoln's left thumb from his rail splitting days. Thought to be a defect, this detail was corrected in later casts.