Commemorative cane

Object Number: 
ca. 1880's
Wood, pewter
Overall: 34 1/2 x 3/4 x 3 7/8 in. (87.6 x 1.9 x 9.8 cm)
Grand Army of the Republic encampment cane.
Gallery Label: 
The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), a group of Union veterans of the Civil War, held annual encampments from 1866 to 1949 to celebrate their days of glory. Barbara Grumet, wife of cane collector Lou Grumet, had a special interest in the GAR, as her great-grandfather was the GAR national chair. Commemorative canes were produced for many of the encampments. This example has a pewter handle, with military motifs of the flag, eagle, cannons and cannon balls, which were commonly seen on the encampment commemorative canes.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group