Wood, brass, silver
Overall: 35 5/8 x 1 in. ( 90.5 x 2.5 cm )
Wooden cane with tapering straight shaft, silver knob handle, and brass ferule with iron tip.
Gift of Mrs. Elizabeth Drisler Berry
engraved: on top of knob: "H.L.H./Relic of/U.S.S. Vandalia"
According to accession records, this cane was made of wood from the U.S.S. Vandalia. There were two American naval fighting ships called "Vandalia." The first, an 18-gun sloop-of-war, was launched in 1828, was active during the Civil War, and was broken up between 1870 and 1872. The second "Vandalia," a screw sloop, was launched in 1876, served with the Pacific Squadron , and sank in a storm off Samoa in 1889.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.