Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1318: G.W. Eastman Inscribed Dagger Cane

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Attractive Inscribed Dagger Cane Inscribed to G.W. Eastman of Rochester, New York

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,600 - $2,500

Attractive Inscribed Dagger Cane Inscribed to G.W. Eastman of Rochester, New York

Manufacturer: None
Model: None
Type: Other
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Catalog Page: 261
Class: Other

Measuring 36 inches in overall length, the main body of the cane is of ebony construction, with an iron tip set in a German silver collar at the bottom and a brass ferrule at the top inscribed "G.W. Eastman, Rochester, N.Y." around the circumference. The handle is constructed from two pieces of carved antique ivory, with raised leaf patterns around a central shaft and a hook segment with a scroll-carved end. A spring-loaded retention system was fitted to the handle, but has since been disabled. The spear point dagger blade has a diamond cross section, and measures about 6 inches long, with a 10 3/4 inch overall length when drawn. Given the inscription, this cane is attributed to George Washington Eastman (1815-1862), the founder of G.W. Eastman's Mercantile College/Commercial College in Rochester New York. He was the father of George Eastman (1854-1932) of Eastman Kodak fame. He revolutionized photography and made it more available to the masses through the development of roll film. Like his father, he used his wealth to establish and fund schools in Rochester and elsewhere. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good overall. The shaft shows mild wear on the body, with a rougher appearance to the tip. The handle shows some chipping and cracking, with filler material present at the base of the hook section, gently aged color, and mild handling marks overall.

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