An 1870 Westminster College Presentation Cane
A fine gold presentation cane to Robert Audley Browne of Pennsylvania and Westminster College. The gold-filled knob handle is 2" high and 1 1/8" across the top. It is elaborately decorated and it is inscribed on top with: "Presented to R. Audley Browne, by the Freshman Class of Westminster College, 1870". The shaft is ebony and it ends with a 1 1/2" bi-metal ferrule. The overall length is 36" and the condition is very good. (Robert Audley Browne was an important figure in Pennsylvania and Civil War history. He left his position as pastor of his church in New Castle PA. To be Chaplain of the Pennsylvania 100th Regiment (The "Roundheads") where he served from 1861-1864. He became a Pennsylvania State Senator in 1866 and had a notable career being an ardent anti-slavery advocate. He became Dean of Students at Westminster College in 1870, and died in 1876. Papers with his picture, his biographical information, data and pictures from Westminster College along with some letters from his heirs will accompany this lot.) It is a very interesting historical example. Estimate: $600-$800.