170: A 38 Star American Flag Parade Cane
A 38 star American flag parade cane. The round conifer wood handle is 1 2/3" in diameter and is painted to simulate rosewood. A straight pull allows a cotton American flag that is wrapped around a thin hardwood pole attached to the handle, to be withdrawn. It measures 12" by 14 1/2" and it is in fair to poor condition with ragged edges, faded colors, and a large hole, but it still presents as a tattered old flag. The top of the handle is fashioned with a recessed sleeve so that it could be inverted and re-attached to the cane that allowed the flag to be displayed or waved, during patriotic events. While parade canes were numerous and originally sold very reasonably, lesser numbers have survived. (The 38 star flag became the Official United States flag on July 4, 1877, and it lasted for 13 years under Presidents Hayes, Garfield, and Arthur, Cleveland, and B. Harrison. A paper giving a short history is included with this lot.) The shaft is also painted to simulate rosewood that matches the handle, and it was made with no ferrule. The overall length is 35" and the condition of the cane itself is very good. Estimate: $550-$750.