THOMAS JEFFERSON CRADDOCK (ALBEMARLE CO., VIRGINIA, B. 1845) FOLK ART CARVED CANE / WALKING STICK, probably maple, design featuring stylized Federal eagle, fish, snake, birds, various inscriptions relating to Thomas Jefferson's life, additional presentation description for "HENRY.GREEN / ALEXANDRIA.VA", fitted with metal ferrule. Old surface with mellow color. Fourth quarter 19th century. 37" L.
Very good overall condition with minor wear, small loss to horseshoe element at center shaft.
Provenance: Property of a Virginia collector.
Catalogue Note: Not much is known about the cane carver, Thomas Jefferson Craddock, despite the substantial body of work attributed to him. He appears to have made a career carving souvenir canes related to Thomas Jefferson and UVA in the fourth quarter of the 19th century and perhaps into the 20th century._x000D_
Thomas Jefferson Craddock was born in 1845 in Albemarle Co., Virginia. His father, William R. Craddock, listed as a carpenter in the 1850 and 1860 census, must have introduced his son "Jeff" to woodworking at a young age. As a teenager, T. J. Craddock enlisted in 1862-3 as a private in General Thomas Rossner's cavalry and was injured in February of 1863 at Hamilton's Crossing. The extent of injuries at the time are not clear, but they must have been significant as he returned to his parents' home in Albemarle Co. to remain. He married Amanda Drumheller in 1870 and the two raised a family there in Albemarle. Thomas J. Craddock is listed in the 1900 US Census as a "cane maker", an interesting note about his life that indicates something of his stature as a maker of walking sticks.