Walking-stick

Object Number: 
1959.79a
Date: 
1860-1890
Medium: 
Wood, gold plate, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 36 1/4 x 1 1/4 in. ( 92.1 x 3.2 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on top of handle: "A.O.H."
Description: 
Wooden cane with straight, tapered shaft; gold-plated knob handle with foliate decoration and engraved initials; ferrule missing.
Gallery Label: 
This cane was used by A. Oakey Hall (1826-1898), mayor of New York City from 1868 to 1872. Known as "elegant Oakey," he is best remembered for his alliance with corrupt Tammany Hall. The cartoonist Thomas Nast campaigned against A. Oakey Hall and other corrupt New York City politicians.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Katherine M. Harvey
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group