Wood, probably mahogany; ivory; brass, steel
Overall: 36 1/2 x 2 x 1 3/4 in. ( 92.7 x 5.1 x 4.4 cm )
engraving: on collar: "ZOPHAR MILLS FROM J.L. TAYLOR"
Wooden cane with tapering shaft; ivory knob handle carved with head of man (Henry Clay); engraved gilt brass collar; and steel ferrule.
According to accession records, the cane was used by Zophar Mills (1809-1887). The cane handle is supposedly the head of Henry Clay (1777-1852). Zophar Mills was associated with Engine Company No. 13 of the New York Volunteer Fire Department. In 1835 he became foreman of the company and in 1838 assistant engineer. His company was responsible for halting the great fire of 1835 at Wall Street, thus preventing destruction of the northern part of the city. He was president of the Exempt Firemen's Association, a company of veterans reserved for emergencies, which he helped organize in 1854.
Gift of Miss Adelaide Mills, M.D.
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