Wood, gold-plated metal
Overall: 32 5/8 x 1 1/4 in. ( 82.9 x 3.2 cm )
Wooden cane with straight, tapered shaft (broken); gold-plated knob handle with embossed and engraved foliate decoration and inscription; and gold collar.
Gift of William H. Crossman
engraved: on handle: "H P U.S.N. /to T W T/Constitution" engraved:
According to accession records, this cane was made of wood from the ship Constitution. T.W. Thorne was an ancestor of the donor. In March, 1929 the donor, William H. Crossman, gave the Society a letter from W. Paulding to Mr. Thorne, dated Navy Yard, Washington, Nov. 20, 1854, in which he says that Warren Paulding, his son, is going to present this cane to Mr. Thorne as a token of his friendship.
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