Walking-stick with removable sword
Wood, steel, iron, gold
Overall: 36 x 4 3/4 x 1 in. ( 91.4 x 12.1 x 2.5 cm )
Wooden sword cane with tapered shaft, carved eagle head handle with gold collar, and iron ferrule; steel blade.
Accession records state that the cane was used by Gordon Lester Ford (1823-1891). Gordon Lester Ford was a New York Lawyer and investor in several railroad companies. In 1863 he helped found the Brooklyn Daily Union, a newspaper devoted to supporting the Union cause during the Civil War. He also founded the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Brooklyn Art Association. Ford was also an avid collector of books and manuscripts related to America and assembled what was regarded as one of the largest private collections of Americana in the world. His papers are at the New York Public Library.
Gift of Worthington C. Ford
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