The amount of time, detail, and skill put into crafting this piece is just simply breathtaking. Starting from the top, the shaft is marked with a large "1775" the continues down to "Lexington" Referring to the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19th, 1775. This battle was the First Military conflicts of the War, "The shot heard around the world". The cane continues on to "Bunker Hill", followed by "Putnam" and "Warren".
This refers to the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17th, 1775 and two of the Commanding Colonist Generals of the battle, Israel "Old Put" Putnam and Joseph Warren. Putnam is sometimes credited with the famous quote Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes. Joseph Warren was a very important leading figure in the early Revolution. He was the president of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress, and was Killed in Action during the Battle of Bunker Hill.
This is followed by a very pronounced "WASHINGTON" and "Boston Evac't'd". This, of course, refers to our Good ol' boy George Washington. Washington took command of the Continental Army shortly after Bunker Hill in July 1775. Subsequently, in March of 1776, Washington forced the British to evacuate Boston after a lengthy siege.
Even More pronounced than Washington, the following detail is by far the largest carving on the shaft. "INDEPENDENCE DECL'D JULY 4 1776". Following this is "Trenton" "Princeton" "Brandywine" and "Germantown" and "1777" Following those is "Lafayette", which is referring to the Marquis De Lafayette, Commander of the French Forces serving with the American Continental Army. This is followed by "Saratoga", "Gates", and "Burgoyne Sur'd".
Refers to the Battle of Saratoga Sept. 7th, 1777 which is largely considered the "turning point" of the War. There, the continental army lef by General Horatio Gates (among others) won and forced the British, under General John Burgoyne, to Surrender Oct.17th, 1777 Following that is "Treaty of Alliance France". The Franco-American Treaty was signed on February 6th, 1778. This is followed by Camden, S. " "Green and The Battle of Camden, South Carolina was a decisive victory for the British, which lead to the Horatio Gates being removed from command.
Nathanael Greene was put in command of the South. As he was forced to retreat, Col. John Green was assigned to cover the retreat at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse on March 15, 1781.
He was later commended by the Continental Congress and presented a sword for Meritorious Achievement. This is followed by Yorktown, V. Yorktown likely refers to the beginning march on Yorktown on August 19,1781.
The Swamp Fox, was famous for his use of guerrilla and maneuver warfare. On August 31, 1781, he rescued a small American Force, for which he received the thanks of Congress. The cane culminates in "Cornwallis Sur'd Oct 19, 1781". Antique 18th Century American Revolutionary History Walking Stick - YouTube. Video will open in a new window.
Condition: Very Fine overall condition for its age. Slight patina coloration to the bone topper, along with some light scuffing and scratching. Shaft shows some mild scratching and nicks typical from age and use. There are some large chips to the high relief carving scattered down the shaft, mainly focused near the bottom half (expected wear from usage). The carvings all remain clear and pronounced/legible.
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Carved Folk Art Walking Stick American Revolutionary War 36" is in sale since Friday, April 6, 2018. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Vintage\Vintage Accessories\Canes & Walking Sticks". The seller is "opamerica" and is located in Clearwater, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States.