This bronze sculpture is from the life mask of Abraham Lincoln that was taken by artist Leonard Volk in 1860. In 1886, a committee was formed to purchase the original casts and present them, along with bronze copies, to the National Museum in Washington. Additional bronze copies were presented to the committee members. This copy was a gift to General John J. Pershing in 1920 from Douglas Volk, the son of the artist.
Source: Mr. and Mrs. Warren Pershing (7701-17)