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Walking-stick

Object Number: 
1948.499
Date: 
1850-1900
Medium: 
Bamboo, steel, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 35 1/2 x 2 x 1 1/2 in. ( 90.2 x 5.1 x 3.8 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on blade: "G. Morian/ 36 Ave De L'Opera, Paris"
Description: 
Bamboo sword cane with steel knob handle, brass collar, and steel blade square in section.
Gallery Label: 

This cane was donated by James Hazen Hyde, a member of the New-York Historical Society and the son of Henry Hazen Hyde, the founder of thr Equitable Life Assurance Society. James was well-known for his tremendous financial and social success, exemplified by the lavish costume ball he threw in 1905 made to evoke the court of Louis XV. Hyde never recovered from a scandal ignited as a result of rumors that charged he billed the entire party to the company. In December of 1905 he sailed for Paris to live in self-exile until 1941, when he returned to New York.

Credit Line: 
Gift of James Hazen Hyde
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group