Wood, gold plate, metal
Overall: 36 1/4 x 7/8 in. ( 92.1 x 2.2 cm )
Wooden cane with straight, slightly tapered ebonized shaft, faceted knob handle, banded gold-plated collar with inscription, metal eyelets, and metal ferrule.
Bequest of Joseph P. Thompson
engraved: on collar: "H.C. W.H.R. C.M.C. AL/JPT" engraved: on top of handle: "Presented/to the Hon:/Henry Clay,/by/Hamilton H. Jackson/of Brooklyn,/L.I."
According to accession records, this cane first belonged to Henry Clay of Kentucky. It was given by him to Judge William H. Robinson of Missouri, Robinson gave it to Cassius M. Clay of Kentucky, Clay gave it to President Abraham Lincoln, and his widow gave it to Rev. Dr. Thompson, "as a friend who her husband greatly honored." Legacy of the Rev. Joseph P. Thompson to the Society in 1879 through the executors George W. Lane and Charles S. Smith.
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