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Walking-stick

Object Number: 
1928.37
Date: 
ca. 1854
Medium: 
Wood, gold-plated metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 32 5/8 x 1 1/4 in. ( 82.9 x 3.2 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on handle: "H P U.S.N. /to T W T/Constitution" engraved:
Description: 
Wooden cane with straight, tapered shaft (broken); gold-plated knob handle with embossed and engraved foliate decoration and inscription; and gold collar.
Gallery Label: 
According to accession records, this cane was made of wood from the ship Constitution. T.W. Thorne was an ancestor of the donor. In March, 1929 the donor, William H. Crossman, gave the Society a letter from W. Paulding to Mr. Thorne, dated Navy Yard, Washington, Nov. 20, 1854, in which he says that Warren Paulding, his son, is going to present this cane to Mr. Thorne as a token of his friendship.
Credit Line: 
Gift of William H. Crossman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group