Commemorative cane

Object Number: 
2010.24.54
Date: 
2008
Medium: 
Wood, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 37 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 4 1/2 in. (95.9 x 7 x 11.4 cm)
Description: 
Billary (Bill and Hillary conjoined at the head) Clinton.
Gallery Label: 
After Lou Grumet collected a number of antique canes of iconic historic American political figures, he commissioned Baltimore carver Pat Harris to create a figural cane of Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, or a "Billary" cane, for the Grumet cane collection. It shows an older Bill and the candidate Hillary. It was intended as a commemoration of her candidacy, not his, and was meant to affect the perception of the team. After she lost the nomination, she went on to become the Secretary of State under Barack Obama. The cane is carved and painted, and has both heads at the top. The idea of the two-headed cane comes from French canes with the heads of Napoleon and Josephine, and Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, which are in the Grumet collection of European leaders.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group