107: A very nice silver cane in faux staghorn
A very nice silver cane in faux staghorn. The silver "L" handle is 1 1/4" high and 4" to the side. It was fashioned to mimic staghorn and it is engraved at the butt end: "John D. Skilton, Psi Upsilon (in Greek letters), Kenyon, '88 ". On the far end, "Phi Betta Kappa" (in Greek letters) is engraved, for the prestigious academic society. The 1 1/8" smooth collar is also marked "Sterling" and "R F S & Co." for Rest Fenner Smith and Company, the maker and noted New York City silversmith. (Rev. John D. Skilton received his education from Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, and then Divinity School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He initially worked as assistant rector at St. Paul's Rectory in Cleveland, Ohio, and then spent several years working in Nice, France. Upon his return to the states, Rev. Skilton served as headmaster for several academies: including Melrose Academy (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Chestnut Hill (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Cheshire School (Cheshire, Connecticut); and Tower Hill School (Wilmington, Delaware). [See Google] This cane celebrated Skilton's achieving Phi Beta Kappa status in 1888 as an undergrad at Kenyon College.) The shaft is malacca with a 1 1/4" silver and iron ferrule. The overall length is 34 2/3" and the condition is very good. It is a great American college example with an academically gifted known owner. Estimate: $800-$1200.