Overall: 34 7/8 x 1 1/2 in. ( 88.6 x 3.8 cm )
engraved: on top of handle: "Col W.H. Paine" engraved: on side of handle: "From/Teachers" engraved: on side of handle: "Refel/Church" engraved: on side of handle: "Xmas/1876"
Wooden cane with straight, tapered ebonized shaft; gold-plated knob handle with embossed foliate decoration and inscriptions; and banded metal ferrule.
This cane was given as a Christmas present to William H. Paine of New York City in 1876. William H. Paine (1828-1890) was a civil engineer and surveyor for the Union Army during the Civil War. He served as an assistant engineer for the Brooklyn Bridge after the war. He was also a consultant on several bridge, tunnel, and railway projects including the Hudson River Tunnel. His personal paperS are in the Library collections (MS 475).
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