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The Course of Empire: The Consummation of Empire
Oil on canvas (relined)
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This New York City cane was used both as a cane and as a device for New York City lamplighters to ignite the street lamps every evening at dusk. These hybrid canes were used throughout Manhattan in the 1880s before the widespread use of electric street lights.
Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
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