Overall: 38 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 7 1/4 in. (97.8 x 7 x 18.4 cm)
King Kong and Empire State building.
Cane collector Lou Grumet acquired a number of antique canes related to iconic American leaders, and then broadened his collection by commissioning Vancouver yacht maker and cane carver Ivan Wilson to create a cane commemorating the Empire State Building. For decades, this structure was the world's tallest and has come to represent New York.
The building also was widely known for its role in the iconic movie, "King Kong," in which a gorilla climbs the structure and terrorizes the city.
After trying to make a usable cane composed of building's features, the Empire State Building was instead etched into the shaft of the cane and a gorilla's head, representing King Kong, forms the handle.
Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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New-York Historical Society
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