Campaign cane

Object Number: 
ca. 1888
Bamboo, steel
Overall: 34 7/8 x 1 x 1 3/4 in. (88.6 x 2.5 x 4.4 cm)
Thomas Nast GOP convention stick.
Gallery Label: 
Thomas Nast was the leading political cartoonist of the Gilded Age, and had an enormous influence on American imagery. He was the creator of the images of the donkey for the Democratic Party, and the elephant for the Republicans. He identified the elephant as early as 1874 as symbolic of the Republican strength and intelligence. In 1888, small canes with elephants were handed out at the Republican Convention and other rallying points for supporters of Benjamin Harrison. This cane is representative of that type.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group