Walking-stick

Object Number: 
1939.109
Date: 
1880-1900
Medium: 
Wood, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 36 7/8 x 1 1/8 in. ( 93.7 x 2.9 cm )
Marks: 
carved: on shaft: "THOS. JEFFFERSON OF/ VA BORN APR/ 13. 1743/ WAS/ PRESIDENT USA 1801 TO 1809 WROTE/ DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE/ THE FOUNDER OF THE UNIVERSITY VA/ DIED JULY 4, 1826 THIS CANE WAS/ CUT NEAR JEFFERSON'S TOMB"
Description: 
Wooden cane with tapered shaft and metal ferrule; shaft carved with foliate motifs, American flag, fish, snake, inscriptions, and incised with cross-hatching.
Gallery Label: 
According to accession records, this cane was said to have been used by Lafayette.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Gerald H. Smith
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group