Bronze Hands, Anyone Interested?

Dr. Ferdinand Peter Herff was born in the late 19th century in San Antonio, Texas. Like his Father and Grandfather before him; Ferdinand worked as a physician in San Antonio for many years. Dr. Herff’s bronze hands were sculpted by Waldine Tauch, who was Pompeo L. Coppini’s pupil. The McNay generously donated the hands in 1995.

For more information about the Herff Family consider checking out their memoir at the Briscoe Library: or come to the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and see the hands up close.  The Nixon Library is open Monday – Friday 8AM-5PM.  We prefer appointments, but walk-ins are always welcome.  Any questions about this post, please send to Mellisa DeThorne at or 210-567-2470

Sarah Borque, Special Collections Intern


Mellisa D.  –Keeper of all things old and precious