78: A very fine relic cane of the Steamer Havana
A very fine relic cane of the Steamer Havana. Made of a single piece of Douglas fir, it has a ball and stem handle that is 2 1/4" high with the ball being 1 1/2" in diameter. Below the handle, a very nice 2 1/2" by 1 1/3" oblong silver cartouche is overlaid. It is framed in fancy scrolling and engraving, and it reads: "Str. Havana", Built 1860 N.Y.", "Overhauled 1895", "Wm. E. Woodall& Co.", "Balto. Md". It finishes with a 1 1/2" bi-metal ferrule. The overall length is 36" and the condition is very good. The relic wood may have come from the interior, such as paneling or a rail. (The Havana may have had a different earlier name when it was built in 1860. Many side-wheel steamers were used to run the blockade of Southern ports at the beginning of the American Civil War, notably from Bermuda. Further research on this piece should perhaps be undertaken to uncover possible historical significances.) It is a very interesting example. Estimate: $800-$1200.