Tennessee Coin Silver Handled Walking Stick
Hickory walking stick with coin silver handle, faceted and engraved PRESENTED TO L. SYPERT OF LEBANON TENNESSEE BY W.C. SYPERT OF NACOGDOCHES TEXAS / MADE BY JOHN RAGLAND LEBANON JANUARY 1853, over a floral engraved band reading IN MEMORIAM. Floral engraved tip also engraved in script L SYPERT. White metal tip with later rubber cap. 35"L. TENNESSEE SILVERSMITHS by Dr. Benjamin H. Caldwell lists John Ragland as a silversmith working in Lebanon/Wilson County, Tennessee, circa 1850. Provenance: descended in the family of Dr. J.M. Anderson of Lebanon, TN, who married Mary Sypert. William Carroll. Sypert, a native of Tennessee, entered the army of the Republic of Texas in 1836 at the age of 20 and settled permanently in Texas in 1849. He served as justice of the peace in Bell County and as a Milam County Judge, 1867-70.
Some minor small dents to silver handle, wear and scratching to wood, oxidation to white metal tip.