9: A Very Nice Jefferson Cane
A very nice Jefferson cane. Made of a single piece of thick hardwood, perhaps stained hickory, it has no separate handle but it is carved for its entire tapered length. It is 1 1/3" at its widest and it has a Masonic square and compass in a cartouche at the top. It is meticulously fashioned with the Great Seal, the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, and lots of other images. It has carved text that gives details of the highlights of the life of Thomas Jefferson and it also indicates that the shaft was cut at Monticello, Va., near Jefferson's tomb. It finishes with a 1 1/4" white metal and iron ferrule. The overall length is 36" and the condition is excellent. (On page 113 of Dike's Canes in the United States, examples of Jefferson canes are shown. Additionally, attribution to Thomas Jefferson Craddock as the principal maker is discussed, along with his picture.) It is ca 1895, and is a better example of the kind. Estimate: $1000-$1500.