Wood, silver, bone
Overall: 37 x 5 1/4 x 1 in. ( 94 x 13.3 x 2.5 cm )
printed in ink: on ruler: "T. BRIGG & SONS/ST JAMES'S ST/LONDON" engraved: on collar: "J.H.H."
Wooden cane with tapering straight shaft, L-shaped bone handle, and silver collar. Handle pulls out to reveal a ruler and level on a metal armature.
The ruler inside the cane was used to measure the height of horses. The engraved initials on the cane suggests that it was used by the donor, James Hazen Hyde (1876-1959). Hyde was 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.
Gift of Mr. James Hazen Hyde
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